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Otis Roberts

Norwich Career: Trial (August 1996)
Current Club:
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Nationality: Grenada


Former Crystal Palace midfielder Otis Roberts came to Norwich on trial in August 1996. He was unsuccessful and not taken on by the club.

Otis Roberts was born in London in 1968, to Grenadian parents and is the youngest of 6 children. Otis joined the Fulham’s Youth Team where he spent his trainee years under the stewardship of Alan Taylor.

At 19 Otis won a scholarship to Essex College in Baltimore where he undertook a sports science course. Following the successful completion of his course Otis returned to England where for a short period he played for Crystal Palace.

Otis moved to Belgium where he played for 3 seasons as a professional player. It was in Antwerp where Otis first got the bug for developing community-based programmes and where he established and delivered his first soccer school.

In 1994 Otis moved to the Far East where he played for a number of Hong Kong Clubs and for a short period in Malaysia. It was while in the Far East that Otis was first capped for Grenada. His successful international career resulted in a total of 35 caps for Grenada.

Otis returned to London, after a trial with Norwich, Otis joined non-league club Hendon and Harrow Borough FC, where he also gained his coaching licence and pioneered a Football in the Community Scheme. He was subsequently headhunted by Fulham FC where he spent some time developing and delivering schemes in both Fulham and Lambeth.

It was while at Fulham that Otis came to the attention of Proactive the Manchester based sports agency. Otis spent 6 years as part of the Proactive Football division where he played a critical role in player representation. With his depth of knowledge he led on the development of the company’s London market. One of his clients was Fulham's Zesh Rehman .

His nephew is Wigan striker Jason Roberts for whose charitable foundation he works for as Chief Executive.

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