Leeds United have confirmed that promising striker Jack Clarke has signed his first professional contract on the day of his 17th birthday.
✍️ | Leeds United are delighted to announce that @JackClarke09 has signed his first professional contract with the club
— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 23, 2017
The youngster, who has turned out for both the under-18 and under-23 sides at Leeds this season, is viewed as one of the top young talents at the club, having broken through the various youth ranks at Elland Road.
News of the youngster’s deal was revealed exclusively by Football Insider on Thursday morning, detailing that a whole host of Premier League sides had been tracking him with a view to snap him up following his impressive goal scoring record at youth level.
He has been in red hot form, scoring nine goals in just seven games for the under-18 side, leading to Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen keeping a close eye on his development, and even including him in training sessions with the senior squad, demonstrating how highly he is valued by the club.
He made his debut for the under-23 side last season, at just 16-years-old, and is now a regular member of the reserve squad at Elland Road.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are eyeing up a swoop for a £40,000-a-week Premier League outcast.