'We're like a family' - Chelsea loanee Omari Hutchinson on his time at Town
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Omari Hutchinson says he's delighted to be part of the Ipswich Town 'family' following a footballing journey that has already seen him cross paths with the likes of Brazilian legend Pele and current England star Bukayo Saka.

Sent out on loan by Premier League club Chelsea for his first proper taste of senior football, the 20-year-old winger has scored two goals in eight starts and 11 sub appearances for a Blues side that reached the last 16 of the Carabao Cup and is flying high in the Championship.

It's been an interesting path travelled to this point. Released twice by Chelsea at a young age, the Surrey-born youngster was snapped up by Charlton in unusual circumstances.

"I was doing a few skills in the car park with my brother (who was training with the Addicks at the time) and one of the scouts saw me," he explains. "He invited me to join in the training with the younger boys and they ended up signing me.

East Anglian Daily Times: Omari Hutchinson celebrates after scoring his first senior goal in Ipswich Town's 1-0 win at Southampton.Omari Hutchinson celebrates after scoring his first senior goal in Ipswich Town's 1-0 win at Southampton. (Image: PA)

"I was there two years before I left and then had trials with Arsenal, Tottenham and Brentford. I also spent time with Crystal Palace, before taking a break for a year to play futsal."

At the age of 12, Hutchinson starred in a South London youth tournament watched by one of the biggest icons in football history.

"Pele was there as a guest," he explains. "When the tournament finished, one boy got picked from every team to put on a bit of a show with their various skills. I actually sat next to Pele and there's a picture of us together. He said he was impressed with my skills.