Youngster Owen James has signed a professional contract with Oxford United.
The forward, who turned 17 on Friday, is a first year pro at the U’s having progressed through the club’s development system.
The highly-rated teenager made his debut for the youth team at the age of 14 in 2015 and has regularly found the back of the net for the Under-18s this season.
James struggled to hide his delight at signing a professional contract.
He told the club: “It’s a dream come true to sign for my hometown club.
“I want to thank everyone who has helped me get this far – my parents and family and all the coaches who have had such a massive influence.
“It has been a big step up to be a scholar this season and I have seen how hard you have to work to get this chance but it is a wonderful opportunity for me and I’m determined to make the most of it.”
The striker will want to follow in the footsteps of fellow academy products Josh Ruffels, Canice Carroll and Callum O’Dowda, the latter fetching United a cool £1m to £1.5m from Bristol City in the summer of 2016.
Youth team coach Leon Blackmore-Such described James as a ‘hard working’ and ‘clever’ player, adding: “Now it is up to him to listen to advice, keep learning, and keep making progress.
“He has such a positive attitude that I am sure he will do very well.”