Sixth Form News – Football and Education Programme

Melis Bushaj has signed his first professional contract with the clubSolihull Moors FC and Tudor Grange Academy, Kingshurst are thrilled to announce that Melis Bushaj has signed his first professional contract with the club. Melis, 18 years of age, has put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal at the Stadium, with the option of a further year in place. Primarily a left-back, Melis is also comfortable in the heart of the midfield. He has spent the last two years developing in the Football and Education programme at the club and at Tudor Grange Academy, Kingshurst.

Melis is an exceptional young man and his commitment, enthusiasm and determination has meant that he has always stood out. Melis has worked so hard to ensure that he has made the most of his high academic ability as well as his prowess on the football pitch. Melis has enjoyed a very close and positive working relationship with his fellow students, his class-mates, his teachers, his team-mates and his coaches.

Melis has always placed a strong emphasis on doing all that he could to ensure that he achieved very high A-Level grades in his three subjects. He will thoroughly deserve to do have achieved as high a level in his academic studies as he has on the football pitch.

On the football side, during the course of last season, Melis was integrated into first team training on a number of occasions, featured regularly in the Birmingham Senior Cup and was named in the first team squad to take on Sutton United in January after being handed a squad number.

On securing his first pro deal, Melis said: “I am very happy to sign with the club and grateful for the help from all the coaches in the Football and Education programme to get me to this point.

“It has been great working with the coaching staff and players at the club and I feel excited to continually grow with them.

“I am looking forward to working hard and improving through the opportunity that’s been given to me.”

Head of Football Development Myles Cooper has overseen Bushaj’s progression and said: “Melis has been brilliant over the last two years. His hard work and his desire to improve are key examples of why he deserves his first professional contract.

“It demonstrates clearly that with the right attitude and application alongside ability, there is a pathway into football.

“Melis’ contract should give all young players at the club motivation to try and achieve the same.”

Solihull Moors’ FC first-team Manager Jimmy Shan added: “Melis has come through the club’s Football and Education programme. He is another young player who will have a fantastic opportunity to develop and compete for first team football.