Arsenal goalkeeper Vickers set to join Canvey Island on loan

Young Arsenal goalkeeper Josh Vickers is poised to join Isthmian League Premier side Canvey Island on loan.

The 17-year-old shot-stopper, who is currently striving to earn his first professional contract at Emirates Stadium, made 16 appearances for the U18s during the first year of his scholarship, as well as making the bench in both the FA Youth Cup and the NextGen Series.

A product of the club’s Hale End Academy, Vickers possesses a calm demeanour and impressive reflexes and made his debut for the U21s towards the end of last season against Wolverhampton Wanderers before going on to feature in three of the club’s pre-season friendlies at that level this summer.

It is his performances in those fixtures which is likely to have attracted the interest of Canvey Island, although, at present it is unclear exactly how long Vickers is likely to spend at Park Lane. He is unlikely to be registered in time to feature against Cray Wanderers tomorrow night, but could be part of the squad for the trip to face Lewes on Saturday.

Vickers’ potential departure means that first-year scholar and England youth international Ryan Huddart is likely to be installed as the first choice goalkeeper for the U18s during the early part of the season, raising the possibility that a schoolboy shot-stopper, such as Corey Addai or Harry Girling, could make the bench for this weekend’s season opener against Liverpool.

As far as the U21s are concerned, Argentinian goalkeeper Damian Martinez could still feature regularly for the second-string despite being on the verge of being promoted to the senior squad having impressed during pre-season, whilst Deyan Iliev, who was signed from FK Belasica last year, should also receive plenty of opportunities to shine.

Update: It has been confirmed that Vickers has joined Canvey Island on a season-long loan.




  1. Good luck to him this will be a good stepping stone and foundation for his carear as he will gain far more experience than playing U18s.

  2. This means we have gone from 8 keepers last season to 5 this. If I remember rightly we struggled to have a keeper on the bench quite a few times. Perhaps the likes of huddart addai and girling are quite highly rated?
    Certainly going to be a lot of schoolboys in the under 18s this season, though from what I heard there is some superior talent coming through.

  3. If arsenal are sending a 17yr old out on loan says how highly they regard him, he impressed me 2nd half of last year in games he played for u18 didn’t he have a run of about 6/7 games without conceding? Also in the pre season games this year when he played got to watch him abit and te moment he come on the defence looked different organised alert always dropping to collect. Well done Arsenal aswell for sending him to Canvey its a win win for all, I imagine he’d play more games for canvey over the loan then he would at u18 (due to arsenals GK rotation) and he’d learn more then at u18. Another plus I guess seen as Canvey are semi pro he would still be training with Arsenal thus meanin he still gets high class training aswell as more games! Very best of luck to him

  4. @atid
    Can you shed some light on your following comment registered earlier:-
    Certainly going to be a lot of
    schoolboys in the under 18s this
    season, though from what I
    heard there is some superior
    talent coming through.

    What superior talent are you talking about?
    Any particular talent or the u14/u15/u16 group in general?

  5. Really depends on the chances he has at Canvey , i cant see the benefit if he just sits on the bench and gets no game time. Might as well stay and train with the 21s.

  6. I rate Josh highly, so well done for securing a loan deal. But I’m not sure if this is a good thing for Arsenal as I have a feeling we’ll really need him this season at U18’s level. Watching Huddart, although tall, I worry about his indecisiveness which was apparent against Colchester. Couple that with a trial and error back line, it could be a long season for the U18 squad.

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