Middlesbrough have announced the signing of highly-rated 17-year old defender Djed Spence from Fulham, via their official website. Spence has signed for the clubs academy on a long term contract.

Middlesbrough captured the young defender from the Cottagers’ academy, and Djed Spence will join up with Middlesbrough’s youth ranks for the upcoming season.

Spence was originally on trail with Middlesbrough at the end of last season, and at the age of 17 played for Boro’s under 23 side. The Teessiders were so impressed with the young defender that they decided to offer him a contract at the club.

With Spence having made an impression on Middlesbrough’s youth team coaches after just one game played for the under 23s, it suggests just how good this youngster is.

Middlesbrough recently allowed many youth players to leave the club after terminating or not renewing contracts. This means that they will now be actively looking to rejuvenate and reinvigorate their youth system, starting with the signing of Djed Spence.

Along with Spence, Middlesbrough also offered a contract to 19-year old Wigan Athletic defender Sam Stubbs, who is the son of former Everton and Celtic defender Alan Stubbs.

It has been a busy week for the academy staff behind the scenes, as along with Spence and Stubbs, Boro have given out professional contracts to a number of prospects.

Midfielder Connor Malley and goalkeepers Brad James and Zach Hemming have penned long-term deals with the club. Whereas short-term deals have been given to midfielder Amadou Sylla and defender James Cook this week.

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