Stefan O’Connor signs his first professional contract for Arsenal.
Arsenal have moved quickly to secure the signing of highly rated youngster in a bid to keep him further at the Emirates for a long time to come.
Arsenal academy defender, Stefan O’Connor, has agreed his first professional contract at Arsenal, according to Sky Sports.
The young O’Connor is one of the most highly-rated upcoming talents from the nursery and has been rewarded for his progress with a reported 3 year pro contact.
The player himself confirmed the news via his twitter feed on Friday at about 6.39pm, posting a picture of him spotting a number 61 first-team training kit.
“Very happy to [have] signed my first professional contract”, the tweet read.
The 17 year old was among four youngsters to have been integrated into the preparatory squad for the Champions League game at home to Galatasaray, being the youngest of the quartet that included Hector Bellerin and Isaac Hayden, who’ve already had some first team experience, as well as Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill.
Principally a center-back, having arrived in the summer of 2013 and has established himself as a key member of the U-21s, appearing as a regular in both the UEFA Youth League and Youth FA Cups tournaments.
O’Connor is seen as the new crop of bright English talents looking to join the new England Revolution currently being done by Arsene Wenger in the first team, with the likes Dan Crowley already receiving positive acclaim from England manager Roy Hodgson. Crowley has been termed as ‘the New Jack Wilshere’, with his playing style closely bearing with that of the England International. While the likes of Isaac Hayden and Hector Bellerin have already made impressions in first team competitions, O’Connor and the other lads are going about their progress under Steve Gattling, gathering the necessary experience with the Under 21s in both local and the European tournaments.
There seem to be a lot to come from the Arsenal reserves in the very near future with the likes of Benik Afobe already making a case for first team inclusion. The 21-year old striker has been on imperious form at the MK Stadium where he is spending a season-long loan spell. The big striker scored his 11th goal of the season for the Milton Keynes Dons in the Jonstone’s Paint Trophy loss to Wimbledon on Tuesday, with performances which seem to suggest that he has now come of age to get a shout for more action at the Emirates.
O’Connor may also have to be sent on a spell or two for more regular experience to shaping him for the future his talent befits with the Arsenal.
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