Youngster signs first professional contract with Barnsley

Jacob Brown has signed his first ever professional contract with Barnsley as confirmed by the club website.

There are high hopes from the club that the 18-year-old forward can break into the first team in the future, especially after he made his professional debut in the 2-0 against Brentford, with fans being excited with what they saw from him. And now he has penned his first professional contract with the Tykes and will now be at Oakwell until the summer at 2018.

While Brown has only made one appearance in the first team so far, he has been a regular for the U23s all season. He currently leads the scoring charts for the developmental side and it was that form which led their head coach Paul Heckingbottom, who was previously the youth manager before being promoted last season to being the senior team manager, to call him up to the main squad an give him a shot in the first team.

After signing the contract, Brown said: “This is a really happy moment for me and my family, they’ve all told me how proud they are of me which is a great feeling. I’ve worked hard to get it and now I know I need to keep working hard and see what happens. The Gaffer congratulated me and has said well done on the contract. He’s said it’s exciting times for me.

“Making my debut at Brentford was a mad experience, probably the best day of my life! All of it happened so fast. It has made me continue to work hard and make sure I am in the squad again.”

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