HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls announced Wednesday that have acquired midfielder Dru Yearwood on a transfer from Brentford F.C. in the English Football League Championship.
The transfer will be complete when the secondary transfer window opens Aug. 12.
Yearwood, 20 will be added to the Red Bulls roster pending a medical, and receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 visa. He will be a Young Designated Player and occupy an international roster slot.
“On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to welcome Dru,” Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “Dru is a talented young player that already has a good amount of senior team appearances. He is mature beyond his years and made a great impression upon us during the interview process. We look forward to Dru joining us, continuing to grow, and being a part of what we are trying to achieve moving forward.”
Yearwood spent almost a decade in the Southend United youth system before being called up to the first team in the Summer of 2017 at 17. The Harlow, England native made his Southend United senior team debut in the English Football League Cup Aug. 8, 2017 against Newport County and then earned his first League One appearance Sept. 2 against Rochdale.
“Dru is a young, exciting central midfielder, a true competitor and ball-winner, qualities we know fit well in our style of play,” head coach Chris Armas said. “He’s also an intelligent player, who brings intensity and passion every time he steps on the field. Dru is enthusiastic about the opportunity and we’re excited to get him integrated into our team.”
Yearwood recorded 61 appearances across all competitions with Southend United in two seasons and earned a call up to England’s Under-18 squad in the Summer of 2018. He earned a contract with Brentford F.C., an EFL Championship squad, on Aug. 5, 2019. Yearwood made five appearances across all competitions with the Bees.
“I’m very excited to join the New York Red Bulls,” Yearwood said. “I can’t wait to get started and meet all my new teammates and some new fans, too, hopefully in the near future.”