DATE OF BIRTH8 November 1998
Nathan Baxter has been at the club since the Under-8 age group after coming through our development centre programme. A talented goalkeeper who is good with his feet, very agile and a talented shot-stopper, he made his youth team debut in the final game of the 2014/15 season while still a schoolboy.
In his debut season as a scholar, Baxter shared Under-18 goalkeeping duties with Jared Thompson but got the nod for the No.1 jersey in the Youth Cup, in which he played every minute on the way to our historic third successive Cup triumph. He also made two appearances as our Under-19s were crowned European champions at their age group for a second year running.
He joined Ryman Premier Division side Metropolitan Police on loan in August 2016 and in January 2017, he joined Solihull Moors in the National League until May 14, helping keep the Midlands outfit in the National League. They were loans designed to expose him to tests a goalkeeper does not necessarily face in Academy football.
In June 2017, it was announced he would spend the campaign on loan at Woking in the National League, where his performances were rewarded with a new two-and-a-half year Chelsea contract in January 2018. His performances in Surrey were so impressive he picked up four separate Player of the Year awards at the season's end, and the Cards' relegation to the National League South would likely have been confirmed sooner were it not for his impressive shotstopping.
In June 2018, it was announced Baxter would have a chance to gain experience at league level. He joined Yeovil Town of League Two on loan.