An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ latest signing, Nathan Baxter…
First spotted playing for Cray Wanderers, Baxter has been on Chelsea’s books since the age of eight and played every minute of the Blues’ 2015/16 FA Youth Cup triumph.
At 17, the shot-stopper was loaned out to Metropolitan Police and made 19 appearances for the Isthmian League Premier Division side during the first half of the 2016/17 season.
His next loan spell came with National League outfit Solihull Moors, for whom he featured 17 times and kept six clean sheets, including three in his first four games.
Fifth-tier Woking was his next port of call, with Baxter racking up 48 appearances in all competitions and being named the Cardinals’ Player of the Year for 2017/18.
More individual accolades came his way the following campaign as Baxter won all five of Yeovil’s Player of the Season awards.
The glovesman also made Glovers history by going 10 hours and 12 minutes without conceding a goal, registering six consecutive clean sheets.
He kept 11 shut-outs in total across the 2018/19 season, during which he also surpassed 100 senior appearances – all while still a teenager.
After a year in League Two, Baxter moved north of the border with Scottish Premiership outfit Ross County in 2019/20 but was restricted to 14 outings due to a shoulder injury.
Last season saw him join League One Accrington, where he kept seven clean sheets in 19 appearances and saved three of the four penalties he faced.
The 6’3” keeper has an impressive penalty saving record, having stopped nine of 23 spot-kicks in professional football.
Now onto his seventh loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, Baxter has made 155 career appearances at the age of just 22.