A PORTLAND teenager has been named among the 'Next Generation 2017' by the Guardian newspaper.

Brennan Camp, 16, who signed a two-year scholarship with AFC Bournemouth earlier this year, has been listed as one of 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

The centre-back has witnessed Bournemouth’s rapid rise since joining the club’s under-9s.

“He’s an out-and-out defender who wants to keep clean sheets,” said Alan Connell, who was appointed Bournemouth’s under-18s manager in July.

“He’s a good listener, he’s competitive, he wants to learn and he can play the ball out from the back, which we demand of all of them.”

Camp joined the Cherries after being scouted playing for Weymouth as an eight-year-old.

He was part of Bournemouth's youth team that beat Wigan Athletic in the national EFL Youth Alliance Cup final in May. Camp’s grandfather is the former Bristol City and Manchester City midfielder Gerry Gow.

This summer, the teenager moved to Bournemouth where he lives with a host family and trains at the club everyday, alongside his studies, in the hope of securing a professional contract.

Brennan’s mum Rachel Camp said: "He started playing when my husband started up the under-fives and under-six team on Portland. At first Brennan wasn’t interested in football at all.

“We were short one day so we shoved a shirt on him, which came down to his ankles, and he got on the field and was just amazing. It all started from there.

Dad Jason added: "The Guardian piece cam right out of the blue and it was a bit of a shock but has made us very proud.

"Brennan is really loving his time with the Cherries and his team are enjoying an unbeaten start to the season."