Addicks tie up Jonjo

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Charlton starlet Jonjo Shelvey has signed his first professional contract with the club on his 17th birthday.

The midfielder, who became Charlton`s youngest-ever player when he lined up against Barnsley last season aged 16 years and 59 days, snubbed interest from the Premier League to put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal.

"Being able to sign Jonjo is a testament to the club and the spirit running through it at the moment," said Charlton chairman Richard Murray.

"He's a great talent, and as everyone would expect, he attracted interest from many quarters, including clubs in the Premier League.

"He had a choice - should he sign for us or one of these alternative clubs and we go to a tribunal? But now he has committed his future to Charlton.

"Jonjo likes the way Phil Parkinson has involved him in the team and he believes he can play a part in the rest of the season and hopefully keep us in the Championship."

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