Charlton have offered a professional contract to England youth captain Jordan Cousins.

The defender will become a scholar in the League One club`s academy next season before signing his first contract when he turns 17 on March 6 2011.

Cousins told the club`s official website: "I`m delighted to be told about getting a pro deal. There was always going to be interest from other clubs but I think it was best for me to stay at Charlton."

He added: "Being from Greenwich, hopefully making my home debut will be one of the best feelings I can have. That's a big reason why I agreed to sign."

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