Born: 09 August 2000 (London, England)
Talented defender Djed Spence joined us from Middlesbrough in July, 2022.
The right-back began his youth career at Fulham before joining Middlesbrough as a 17-year-old in July, 2018. Initially linking up with Boro’s Under-23 squad, he later broke into their first team, making his professional league debut against Charlton in December, 2019, before scoring his first professional goal 19 days later against Huddersfield – shortly after, he was named the EFL Young Player of the Month.
He joined Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan in 2021/22 and enjoyed a highly successful spell, making 46 appearances and scoring three goals, as he played a key role in helping the club secure promotion to the Premier League through the Championship play-offs.
An outstanding season at the City Ground saw Djed scoop numerous personal awards, including a hat-trick of honours after impressive performances in March: the EFL Championship Player of the Month, EFL Championship Goal of the Month and, for the second time in his career, the EFL Young Player of the Month.
Further recognition came at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, as he was named in the EFL Championship Team of the Season and the PFA Championship Team of the Year.
Following six appearances for us in all competitions during the first half of the 2022/23 season, Djed joined French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais on loan in January, 2023, for the remainder of that campaign.
On the international stage, Djed was named in the England Under-21 squad for the first time in March, 2022, making his debut against Albania. His most recent call-up came in May, 2022, helping the Young Lions secure their place at next year’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship.