Chelsea sign young star Ethan Wady on one-year contract extension before sending keeper out on Woking loan transfer

Wady, 20, has joined the non-league side but first put pen to paper on a new contract with the Blues until 2023. This marks the goalkeeper's fifth loan stint ever since his move to the club's esteemed academy in 2018.

Woking manager Darren Sarll sang the 20-year-old's praises and hinted he could get a fair share of first-team football.

Sarll told the club's official website: “Ethan is a very ambitious young man.

"The one thing you identify with him straight away, as you look at his pathway, is how he has always chosen to take the uncomfortable route. There is never a comfort zone you can identify with this young player.

“He has always chosen to go out and play in environments that are a lot different to his academy background, so that must be admired straight away.

"There is also a fierce ambition in him to really compete with Craig Ross — and like all positions at this football club — from day one everyone is level and must push to earn the right to play in games.

“My environments are always based on meritocracy, and Ethan will be under the same conditions as everyone else. I hope it’s a positive experience for him, there are a lot of ups and downs for young players – especially goalkeepers – but my conversations with him have been very, very good.”

Wady joined Chelsea from North Carolina FC Academy after his family relocated from the US.

The American has since undergone various loan stints as he was shipped out to Stevenage, Tooting & Mitcham, Dartford and Hendon.