Former St. Bede’s pupil Calaum Jahraldo-Martin could be Eastbourne’s next football revelation after signing an 18-month contract with Hull City.
The highly-rated teenager, who three years ago was playing schoolboy football for St Bede’s has already featured for the Championship side’s reserve team this season.
He has been offered an 18-month contract by manager Steve Bruce, and will step into Hull City’s development side with words of praise glowing from the former Manchester United defender. “He’s been a breath of fresh air and who knows, we might just have unearthed a little gem,” explained Bruce.
Calaum, 19, came through the ranks of St Bede’s, featuring in the under-16 and later in the seniors’ first team playing as a winger and striker.
Recalling his school years, Calaum recalled, “It was hard to adapt at first since I’m from London, but I gained good experience, both learning and playing.
“The schooling was very good, but school work never worked with me, as the teachers would say,” who revealed that his time in Eastbourne had made him independent.
“I was thinking about when my classes would finsh so I could go and play football. I would stay after school and just play football by myself or with friends.”
With such a devoted player, the school’s Head of Football Dave Legett couldn’t spare his praise for the youngester. “Calaum was an excellent player, who has worked really hard to achieve this opportunity to fulfil his true potential as a professional footballer.
“All of us at Bede’s are delighted to hear Calaum’s news and wish him well for next season,” said Leggett.
Jahraldo-Martin is a graduate of FootballCV Academy, the private academy for coaching young talents.
He spent about a year Blue Square Bet South side Boreham Wood FC before joining Dulwich Hamlet and getting a chance to represent his country in the Antigua and Barbuda under-20 team.
The 19-year-old caught the eye of Hull’s coaching staff while playing for former club Dulwich Hamlet in the Isthmian League, for whom he has scored twice this season.
A two-week trial followed when the promising striker was integrated in the reserve team and eventually awarded with a contract.
Bruce told the club website: “He’s done so well that we’ve given him a pro contract for this season and next.
“He’ll go into the Development Squad and he’s one of those that is refreshing to see.”
Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Stoke City were also after Calaum, but the youngster is hoping for more playing time in the Championship side.
“It’s a great pleasure to be at a great club with great facilities. This is a big opportunity for me,” he said.
“Because I’m used to playing in a league where it’s very physical, it’s been good to come here where you get more time on the ball.
“I’m looking forward to working hard and getting my head down to try and progress and impress.”