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28 February 2013

Academy player signs first contract

Huddersfield Town Academy player Jake Charles has signed his first professional contract at the Club on the day of his 17th birthday.
The Mirfield-based left footer has put pen to paper on a contract running until the summer of 2014 and will continue to progress within Town’s development programme.
Jake joined Town’s Academy at Under-11 level from Garforth Villa and has been capped by Wales at Under-17 level on five occasions. 
He’s made 14 appearances for Town’s Under-18 side this season, netting three goals, and impressed during the Club’s run in the FA Youth Cup. 
“We’re all really pleased for Jake; he works hard and is a great prospect,” Academy Manager Mark Lillis told
“The opportunity for young players here at Huddersfield Town is so clear and strong and parents and players can see that. We believe the pathways from Academy to Professional and First Team are and will continue to be very attractive at Huddersfield. This is important for recruiting, retaining and developing players.
“If you keep working at your game, develop and prove you’re good enough, you will get your chance here.
“Jake is only 17 and he will continue to work with us. The next step for him is work with the Under-21s with Steve Eyre, and Jake knows himself that he is still learning. 
“We’re doing a lot of work with him and other players across all the technical football areas including Sports Science and Analysis.”
Following the recruitment of Danny Kane (click HERE) this marks further encouraging progress.

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