Exeter City are delighted to announce the signing of versatile midfielder Rekeem Harper on a season-long loan from fellow Sky Bet League One side Ipswich Town.
The 22-year-old, who began his career in the West Bromwich Albion academy, became only the second player born in the 2000s to play in the Premier League, back in 2017, when he featured for the Baggies in a 1-0 win over AFC Bournemouth.
Harper’s first senior loan spell came in the 2017-18 season when he headed to Blackburn Rovers, making nine appearances before returning to the Hawthorns. In 2019-20 he made 13 appearances at the West Midlands side gained promotion to the Premier League, before playing 18 times for Birmingham City in the 2020/21 campaign.
He joined Ipswich Town on a permanent deal last summer, making his debut on the opening day of last season and totalled 18 first team appearances before a January loan move to Crewe Alexandra, where he played a further 15 matches.
Birmingham born Harper has also represented England at both under-17 and under-19 level and is City’s third addition in the transfer window following the July arrivals of Jamal Blackman and Kegs Chauke.
Head of Player Recruitment, Marcus Flitcroft said: “Rekeem is a player we have monitoring for a while and have worked hard to bring to the football club. He fits the profile of player that we were looking for and know he will be a great addition to the squad.
“He has plenty of experience at this level and above despite his age and we hope that this loan spell with us will be hugely beneficial to Rekeem and ourselves.
“He’s a dynamic and composed midfielder that will add some real quality to us in all phases of play in the middle of the pitch.”
Rekeem goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Accrington Stanley.