Everton starlet Ryan Ledson has signed his first professional contract with his boyhood club aged just 17 and admits that he is “delighted”.
Speaking on the club’s official website, the youngster said, “I’m delighted, I’ve been here since I was a young kid and this is what you strive towards. The day has finally come, so I’m made up.
“For me, it's been 12 years of hard work at Everton Football Club to get to this day, but there is no better place to be and I’m absolutely over the moon.”
Indeed, Ledson has been with the Toffees since the age of five and was born and raised in Liverpool. He is now looking at continuing the hard work that got him to this point.
“Now I just want to keep playing well for the Under-21s and then hopefully an opportunity will come around again with the first team in the future,” he continued.
The player has already briefly been part of the first team, when he was named on the bench for the club’s fixture against Southampton at the end of April.
Ledson has also enjoyed early success at international level after skippering England to European Under-17 Championship glory in May.
The Three Lions comfortably beat the Netherlands 4-1 in the final and Ledson was one of his side’s goalscorers.
The Englishman operates in central midfield and will no doubt be hoping to be in manager Roberto Martinez’s thoughts in the coming season.