Reece’s rise to the top

To reach this level, still aged just 21, James has worked hard at his game at Cobham for the best part of a decade-and-a-half. He is Chelsea through and through, and this is his story, in his own words…

‘From when I was growing up, football has been all I’ve known. My older brother and my younger sister and me would just go up to the park whenever.

‘My Dad [himself a football coach] influenced all of us and helped us get where are today. He played a massive part in us starting to play when we were so young.

‘We would always play in the house and break vases and mess around all the time. Obviously my Mum wasn’t happy with us kicking the ball in the house, but it’s paid off!

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