DATE OF BIRTH8 November 1998
Nathan Baxter is a talented goalkeeper who has been signed at the club since the Under-9 age group. He has spent the past few years on loan in the Football League.
Most recently, it was announced that the agile shot-stopper will spend the 2019/20 season north of the border at Ross County, who were promoted to Scottish football’s top flight last season as champions of the First Division.
Nathan joined our Academy at the age of eight and progressed through the ranks in goal. 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.
An early taste of senior football
At the age of 17, Baxter joined Ryman Premier Division side Metropolitan Police on loan for the first part of the 2016/17 season, before moving up a division to Solihull Moors in the National League after Christmas, where he helped Midlands stave off the threat of relegation. They were loans designed to expose him to tests a goalkeeper does not necessarily face in Academy football, as he explained in our Steps Up feature.
The teenager spent the following campaign 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 endeavours in Surrey were so impressive that 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 shot-stopping. Baxter ended the season with over 70 senior appearances to his name before having celebrated his 20th birthday.
The next step up was a season in League Two with Yeovil Town, his first experience of life in the Football League. Once again, he impressed coaches and fans alike with his on-field performances and off-field personality, and ended the season having played 38 times for the Glovers. He registered a club record six successive clean sheets despite Yeovil eventually being relegated at the end of the season, and claimed all all five of the Somerset club’s Player of the Season awards.
Baxter's most recent Chelsea contract signing was in December 2018, when he committed himself to his boyhood club until at least 2023.