He has been at the academy since the under-11 age group. He is a very skillful midfielder with loads of energy. After progressing through the academy, He made his first-team debut in November 2017 during the Grecians EFL Trophy tie against Chelsea U-21's, as a second half substitute in the 62nd minute.
He moved on loan to Taunton Town in January 2018, making his first appearance for the Peacocks in a 1–0 win over Swindon Supermarine. That same month, Joel was offered a professional contract by Exeter for the following season.
In July 2018, Joel joined Southern League Premier Division South side Tiverton Town On an initial six-month loan deal.
He scored his debut goal for Exeter City against Bristol Rovers in the EFL trophy match on the 13th November 2018.
At the start of the 2019 season, he was on loan at Weymouth, he returned in early 2020.
Joel made his League debut coming on as second half substitute against Cambridge United on the 11th of January 2020. And scored his first league goal after starting in the opening game of the 20/21 season away against Salford City.
In August 2021 the club announced that Joel had signed for Peterborough for an undisclosed fee,(Darragh MacAnthony owner of Peterborough tweeted
"I forgot to say that the fee was 7 figures. Delighted to ensure more money gets invested through the great EFL the way it should be & to a club who produces incredible young players")
"Exeter City Football Club can confirm that academy graduate Joel Randall has signed for Championship side Peterborough United for a substantial undisclosed fee.
As always, the club has negotiated a sell on fee should Joel progress further in his career, but the substantial transfer fee must remain undisclosed.
Joel leaves St James Park after 45 appearances and following his breakthrough season in red and white in the 2020/21 campaign during which he scored ten goals, taking his total to the club for 13.
The 21-year-old graduated from the academy made his City debut in 2017 and following loan spells at Tiverton, Taunton, Bideford, Weston-super-Mare and Weymouth to aid his development as a player, cemented his place in Matt Taylor’s squad in the last campaign.
Perhaps Joel’s most memorable game in City colours came in November 2020, as he scored his first ever career brace in the Grecians 3-2 win at Gillingham in the FA Cup second round.
One of Our Own, Joel joins the likes of Ollie Watkins, Matt Grimes, Ethan Ampadu and Christy Pym is making the leap up the football pyramid. This transfer once again highlights the successes of the pathways available for young players via the Exeter City academy, in which Joel showed outstanding progression through the age groups.
Everyone at the club is extremely grateful to Joel for his contribution and would like to wish him all the very best for his future career."
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