20 year-old Cohen (pictured here with Arsene Wenger and our Lee Payne and Dan Chapman) has completed a transfer (for an undisclosed fee) from Hednesford Town, an Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club, to the Premier League - a jump of six divisions of football. Putting pen to paper on a two and a half year deal at the Emirates, the move represents one of the more remarkable transfers from non-league football to the professional game.
Cohen, who joined Hednesford Town in the summer of 2016 shortly before being talent spotted by Full Contact, had previously only played at various amateur clubs.
Dan Chapman, Head of the Sports Team, said of the transfer “This is a great moment for the talent agency division of our business - we have had such success with moving players from non-league to the professional game over the last five years or so, but to secure a transfer for Cohen to the Premier League giants that are Arsenal is just a magical achievement for all concerned. The combination of talent-spotting ability and bravery that Lee possesses, combined with our innovative social media strategies for our clients – and the legal skills that are brought to bear on concluding often complex transfers and negotiations in stressful situations – are placing us at the higher end of the sport.”
Lee Payne commented "We are extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve for Cohen and what he has been able to achieve for himself. This transfer will hopefully send some shockwaves around professional clubs throughout England; players of serious potential and ability are out there, but they need to be identified, backed and nurtured. When we sign players in non-league we are inspired by how good they can be in time, given how well they are doing already in senior, first-team football - maybe a transfer like this will make more clubs believe in the recruitment of non-league talent."
For an example of the raw talent that excited us, watch Cohen in action here.