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Town Sign Millfield School Keeper
Thursday, 25th May 2023 18:10

Town have signed 18-year-old Millfield School pupil Charlie Binns on a two-year professional contract.

Goalkeeper Binns, who hails from Chard, is in the upper sixth form at the Somerset-based independent school.

“I have been lucky to go into several fantastic clubs over the last eight months, but Ipswich felt like a great fit for me and ideal for the next stage of my development,” Binns told the school’s website. “They are a big club with an impressive history.” 

Millfield is well known for producing sports people with former Town defender Tyrone Mings among its alumni.

“The football programme is great because I can train up to six times a week which includes three dedicated goalkeeper sessions as well as team training,” Binns continued. “I also have a specialised strength and conditioning programme.

“We play in various leagues and cup competitions all over England and I also had the chance to be selected for the ISFA [Independent Schools Football Association] U18 national team which further helped my development.”

Binns, who is currently studying for A levels in business, history and PE, worked with former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers keeper Steve Phillips at Millfield.

“My goalkeeper-coach, Steven Phillips, is a top-class coach,” he said. “He is an ex-professional having played over 600 times in the Football League.

“To have a coach of his calibre has been hugely important for my development, as well as being able to tap into his years of experience as a pro. He drives me on to improve every session which is exactly what I want.”

Phillips added: “I could not be prouder of this young man, I know how hard it is to achieve what Charlie has achieved.”

Millfield head of football, Steve Perkins, said: “It is fantastic to see Charlie's hard work and dedication for the game has paid off.

“Charlie joined Millfield with only a couple of years’ experience as a goalkeeper and showed huge potential to progress at a fast rate. He fully deserves this opportunity, and we can't wait to see how he progresses in the future.”

Binns is the second 18-year-old keeper the Blues have signed this summer following the recruitment of New Zealand U20 international Henry Gray.

Gray is currently with the All Whites youngsters at the U20 World Cup in Argentina but has been an unused sub in their first two group matches.

Photo: Millfield School

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MattinLondon added 18:30 - May 25
Either he looks very young or I'm just old. Is that the new keepers kit? I didn't think we had an orange keepers top?

SlippinJimmyJuan added 18:34 - May 25
Agreed, went and looked myself in the mirror and saw a wizened face staring back. That keepers kit was worn against Bolton away and a couple of others this season, I think.

Suffolkboy added 18:35 - May 25
Fits in with what appears to be the ITFC plan of thinking ahead and developing for the future with a relatively young base .

MattinLondon added 18:36 - May 25
@SlippinJimmyJuan - thanks, couldn't recall that top this season.

ghostofescobar added 18:36 - May 25
His brother, Top, is a decent striker I hear.

hoppy added 18:39 - May 25
So, Gray is currently with the All Whites.... I hope he doesn't run... they won't stay white if a dark colour has got in the wash...

HatStand added 19:11 - May 25
Has anyone measured his height

TractorfactorSteve added 19:15 - May 25
Binns and Minns.

tivo added 19:29 - May 25
Portsmouth wont be happy.

Gforce added 19:47 - May 25
Looks about 12.

ITFCOYB added 19:57 - May 25
6'6" at 17 according to a tweet i just saw. Not sure how reliable the source, mind you. @hatstand

Stourbridgeblue added 20:09 - May 25
Welcome Charlie. Look forward to seeing you in whatever colour the keepers jersey is that season!

Paddy39 added 08:35 - May 26
Is his brother Dusty. Welcome to Town Charlie.

WhoisJimmyJuan added 08:48 - May 26
At least we didn't refuse Binns. Welcome to the club young man

sir_george_burley added 10:45 - May 26
You made me smile, JimmyJuan but you do talk some rubbish - keep a lid on it ...

And, welcome to a young star in the making.

Marcus added 11:10 - May 26
Doogie Howser taking a career break?

roystevensonsrocket added 14:43 - May 26
I have a feeling with the right guidances he's going to become a great keeper

jontysnut added 20:31 - May 27
He looks like Jack Lester in Oliver! Is it compulsory for public schoolboys to be called Charlie?

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