Rhys Coleman (born in Croydon, South London) is an English footballer, who most recently played as a defender for Corinthian Casuals.
Coleman started his career in the Charlton Athletic Youth Academy at the age of 14, rising through the ranks. He scored on his reserve team debut against Watford at 17 years old. In the 2007–08 season, he was made U18 Youth Team Captain. Coleman was part of a successful team that included Jonjo Shelvey, Josh Wright, Harry Arter, Rashid Yussuf and Scott Wagstaff.
In July 2008, Coleman joined the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Jerez, Spain. Hoddle said: “Rhys impressed me with his all-round ability during the selection process and I am delighted that he has signed a full-time contract with the academy. He not only demonstrated his ability with the ball but also his willingness to learn - something critical to his future success”. Coleman went on to play for Jerez FC for the rest of the season.
2009 was to be an eventful year for Coleman, he played in the FA Cup and FA Trophy. He featured for Crystal Palace, scoring for their reserve team against Leyton Orient. Coleman finished the 2009–10 season as player of the year at Whyteleafe FC, he started the following season at Cray Wanderers. After a brief spell, he joined Croydon Athletic in January 2011.
Coleman started football rather late, but soon flourished when he represented the Croydon School's district team alongside former England defender Kieran Gibbs and Barnet’s James Dunne.
Coleman attended Whitgift School in Croydon. He was coached by former Arsenal and Chelsea star Colin Pates, ex Crystal Palace and Charlton defender John Humphrey and former Crystal Palace manager Steve Kember. Coleman was part of the successful team that included Chelsea star Victor Moses and former Crystal Palace player Lee Hills. Also in attendance at the time were fellow athletes Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Laurie Evans, Danny Cipriani, Lawrence Okoye, Marland Yarde and Elliot Daly.
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