Tottenham rising star Aaron Skinner has marked his 18th birthday by signing his first professional contract with the club.
The teenage defender turned 18 on Sunday and revealed on his personal Instagram page he had marked the occasion by agreeing the deal seven months after joining the Londoners.
Skinner does not divulge the length of the contract but, in line with first professional deals, Football Insider believes it to be a three-year agreement that runs until 2023.
It replaces the scholarship deal Skinner signed when he joined Tottenham last November following a trial.
The youngster had previously been on the books of Bury and represented the club from Under-12 up to Under-18 level.
He was integral to the Lancashire side reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup last season.
Skinner has made rapid strides in his short time at the Premier League giants and his deal is proof of the esteem in which he is held.
Confirming the news on his Instagram account, the defender said: “Buzzing to be able to celebrate my birthday agreeing my first professional contract @spursofficial.
“Thanks to everyone who’s helped me get to this point so far, uno who you are.”
Skinner will now be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of first-team stars Harry Kane and Harry Winks, who are trailblazers of the pathway from the Spurs academy to international stardom.
He can look to youthful trio Oliver Skipp, Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga, who have all progressed from the youth set-up to the first team in the last 12 months.
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