NEWPORT County AFC academy star Jay Williams has sealed a dream move to Championship club Fulham.

The 16-year-old defender has moved to Craven Cottage for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.

Williams has been part of the County academy set-up for three years.

Back in January 2018, he joined Port Talbot Town on a youth loan deal until the end of the season and picked up valuable first-team experience at Welsh League Division One level with the Steelmen.

Recently, the talented teenager has been involved in several first-team pre-season friendly matches and has also been called up by Wales at under-16 and under-18 level.

After the transfer was finalised, academy manager Jorden Gibson said: "I am delighted to see Jay move to a club like Fulham, not only is it excellent for him but also adds to the growing reputation of academy players coming through our ranks and this move demonstrates the direction in which the academy is moving.

“Jay has been outstanding since I joined Newport and certainly earned the right for this move.

“He works hard, has the right attitude and definitely has the potential. On behalf of everyone at the club, I wish him all the best for the future."

Fulham confirmed that Williams joins them following a successful trial during pre-season, which saw him feature above his years against Bournemouth and QPR under-23s. 

"I’m over the moon to sign for such a big club like Fulham and I can’t wait to get started," he told

"My trial went really well and now I’m getting to know the boys it’s all going nicely.

"Playing in the under-23s whilst on trial is a challenging and good environment, but I’m enjoying it.

"The boys have had a great start against Spurs and they’re all really good players, hopefully I can add a bit extra.

"Newport is a great club. They’ve done a lot for me over the last three years. My goal here is to progress into the under-23s and work towards my pro contract.”