Weston-super-Mare AFC are delighted to confirm the loan signing of defender Raphael Araoye on loan from Bristol City.
Standing at 6’3″, the 19-year-old is capable of playing at centre-back, left-back or left wing-back.
The defender is available for tonight’s Vanarama National League South game at The Optima Stadium against Bath City.
On signing Raphael, Manager Scott Bartlett said:
We welcome Raph to our squad, he’s going to be a good addition to our squad.
“He is capable of playing in a number of key positions for us.
“We have monitored him for a while and he was recommended highly by people we respect at Bristol City”.
The defender joined Bristol City at the age of 10 and progressed through their academy system to join the under-18 setup on a scholarship ahead of the 2021-2022 season.
Despite an injury-hit first season as an under-18 at Ashton Gate, he spent the whole of the 2022 pre-season with the first-team which included a couple of appearances under Nigel Pearson.
His pre-season performances led to Araoye being handed his first professional contract in August 2022 at the age of 17, and he spent the following season performing well in the under-18 and under-21 sides.
After spending the 2023 pre-season with Bristol City’s first team on their Austria training camp and featuring in matches, he has been an unused substitute four times for the City first-time while featuring for their under-21s this season.
Everyone at Weston would like to welcome Raphael to the club and wish him all the best when pulling on the Seagulls shirt.