Chelsea announce signing of two youngsters ahead of summer transfer window

Chelsea have officially announced the signing of two youngsters following successful trials.

Striker Jayden Wareham has signed a professional contract with the Blues after leaving non-league side Woking. Chelsea have also signed defender Declan Frith.

Wareham, 17, has been on trial with Chelsea for the last two months.

He has made 22 career appearances for the Woking first team, making his debut aged 16 on New Year’s Day 2020.

Wareham scored twice for the Cards, netting a brace off the bench in the 2-2 National League draw at Bromley in January.

Chelsea have not detailed the length of contract Wareham has signed.

The teenager most recently played in Chelsea’s under-18 match against Arsenal on Wednesday.

He failed to get on the scoresheet as Arsenal’s youngsters ran out 2-1 winners at the club’s Cobham training ground.

Speaking last month, Woking boss Alan Dowson wished Wareham well on his move away from the club.

Dowson also said he would be speaking to the club in question to discuss a fee Woking would receive for the forward.

He claimed it would be good publicity for Chelsea to reward Woking following the fall out of the breakaway European Super League.

Dowson allowed Wareham to go on trial to Chelsea and therefore miss the club’s FA Trophy semi-final against Hereford in March.

Dowson told the Woking YouTube channel: “The bottom line is good luck to the kid, I hope he does well, I hope he does very good.

“It will be good for him, I think he’s got a couple of years to kick on. Fair play to the lad.

“He’s been here for a few years now so we’re negotiating, that’s what we’re doing at the minute, I’m sure they’ll be very fair.

“Especially with how the top six clubs are at the minute, [they’ve] been hammered [following the fall out of the Super League], it would be a massive good thing because we’ll tell everybody how great they’ve been.

“They have been fair. We’ve been very good to them so hopefully they will be very good to us as well.”

Meanwhile Frith, 19, is described by Chelsea as a “versatile defender who operates mainly on the left”.

Frith’s last club was Welling United, who play in the sixth tier of English football.

He had been on trial with Chelsea since February.