A fast and energetic instinctive finisher, Rhys scored an incredible 17 goals in just 21 games for the Under-18s last season.

The highlight was a remarkable purple patch which saw him bag a brace in five consecutive matches.

The former Wimbledon youngster's performances at Under-18 level earned him two substitute appearances for Neil Banfield's Reserves.

Rhys, who was promoted a year at his Brighton school to allow him to balance his schoolwork and training with Arsenal, will be hoping for more second-string chances in the season ahead.

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