Sheffield Wednesday have offered a first professional contract to 17-year-old Ciaran Brennan.
Brennan joined the Owls back in 2013 as an U14, and in that period has gone through the academy and starred at both U18 and U23 level.
The youngster was vice-captain for the U18s this season as he showed that he is versatile playing as both a right-back and a centre-back this campaign.
Brennan has represented the Republic of Ireland at several youth levels on the way to signing his first pro deal at Hillsborough.
The young defender spoke to Sheffield Wednesday’s website earlier today:
“This is the proudest day of my life. It’s one of the things you dream about becoming a professional footballer. It’s a proud day for myself and my family.
“I’ve always been very competitive and even from early at school, I’ve wanted to be the one to achieve the best things.
“On decision day for contracts, my parents waited in the car park and when I came out and said I did it, it was an emotional and proud moment.
“It’s at that moment you realise how proud they are of you so I was buzzing for them as well as me.
“I’ve always been confident, always believed that if I was given a chance to train and play, I could impress those watching.
“I’m aggressive as a defender, I like to play from the back and I’ve been vice captain for the Under-18s this season.
“The coaches know I’m very vocal, if I see something I like or don’t like, I think it’s right to mention it and try to be that leader to bring out the best in people.”