Gap Connahs Quay have announced on their website that striker Rhys Healey has signed for Cardiff City, but it is believed he still has to undertake a medical.
The 18-year-old has been in great form for the Welsh Premier League side, who face Bangor City in the Welsh Cup fourth round this weekend, notching 12 goals in 12 starts and eight substitute appearances this season.
Described as “shy but personable” by the north Wales club, he has agreed terms on a two-and-a-half-year deal with the current English Championship leaders.
The statement on Connahs Quay’s website said: “Rhys has been a pleasure to know, always keen to help and in love with the game.
“His attitude was best summed up when the first team match with Prestatyn was waterlogged off, and with no game for 10 days the team arranged a day out. Rhys wanted to play instead and went to a quagmire of a pitch to turn out for a very young Nomads team at Coedpoeth; he scored a hat-trick as our mostly under-17 side beat the WNL title chasers in the NEWFA Cup.
“Cardiff City have been brilliant in the way they have worked with us; generous, patient and always courteous. If they treat Rhys as well, and I am sure they will, then he’s got a great chance at a great club.
“Congratulation and good luck Rhys! It is no more than he deserved, having been enthusiastic, hardworking and loyal since he first pulled on an academy shirt here.”