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Singapore teenager Davis signed by Fulham, hopes for NS deferment

Singapore teenager Davis signed by Fulham, hopes for NS deferment
From ESPN - July 16, 2017

Teenager Ben Davis will hope to emulate Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling by bringing international success to Singapore when he begins a two-year scholarship with English side Fulham.

The 16-year-old is one of 10 new Fulham scholars for the 2017-18 season, and the first from Singapore.

And like Schooling, who beat Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly final at last year's 2016 Rio Olympics to win Singapore's first-ever gold medal, Davis hopes to be granted National Service (NS) deferment.

That would allow Davis to focus on his football career by postponing his NS obligations, which require all male Singaporeans and Permanent Residents to give two years' service from the age of 18.

"We have been engaging with various authorities over his national service deferment," his father Harvey Davis told The New Paper.

"Fulham FC have one of the best academies in England, and their players go on to represent top English clubs.

"We are proud that there is a chance for Singapore to possibly see its first player in the English Premier League."

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