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Eight Youngsters Sign Professional Deals

28 May 2015

Eight players from the club's under-18 side have signed their first professional contracts with Crystal Palace.

Will Hoare, Academy Player of the Year Michael Phillips, Jacob Berkley-Agyepong, Christian Scales and Matthew George all featured for the club's development side last year and has been rewarded by signing professional terms with the Eagles.

Oliver O'Dwyer, Spencer Forte and Hussein Mohammed have also been given contracts after they impressed playing for the academy side this season.

Academy manager Ben Smith said: “We're delighted to hand these young players their first professional contracts. They've fully deserved them after putting in some fine displays for our under-18s and under-21 sides and I'm looking forward to seeing them continue to improve next season.

“We've seen the likes of Hiram Boateng, Jerome Binnom-Williams, Jake Gray and Sullay Kaikai get chances in the first-team in recent seasons and we hope that we can continue the club's tradition of giving academy players a chance with this crop of youngsters.”

Meanwhile Bradley Comins, Jahmal Howlett-Mundle, Kiye Martin, Elliott List, Shawnikki Clement-Peter and Joel Lumeya have all been released.

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