Huddersfield teenager Jacob pens first contract
First year Academy scholar Jacob Hanson has today signed his first professional contract with Huddersfield Town.
The 17 year-old, who hails from Kirkburton and joined the Terriers from local side Kirkburton Juniors as a 13 year-old, has put pen to paper on a long term deal.
Known as ‘Jabba’ to his teammates, Jacob can play in a variety of positions. Although he started life off as a striker turned winger in his early days at the Town Academy, he now plays the majority of his football at centre back or right back – using his searing pace to good effect.
Despite only starting his two year Academy scholarship this season, Jacob has made a big impact on Town’s Under-21 and Under-18 sides so far this season.
Ahead of today’s Under-21 game at Colchester, Jacob has already made 10 starts and three substitute appearances for Frankie Bunn’s Development Squad, adding to a further 20 starts and one substitute appearance that have heralded one goal for the Under-18s.
Huddersfield Town’s Academy Manager Mark Lillis commented:
“Jacob has made tremendous progress in the first year of his scholarship at the Academy and this contract is just rewards for that.
“He’s a fantastic athlete with real footballing ability and, as a very intelligent lad, he has a brilliant capacity for learning from our coaches.
“He’ll continue to work under Tony Carss and Leigh Bromby in our Under-18 group day to day, as well as with Frankie Bunn and the Development Squad.
“Jacob’s contract is the latest piece of good news in what has been a good few weeks for the Academy, following on from a contract for fellow scholar Rekeil Pyke and First Team debuts for graduates William Boyle and Jake Charles.”
Jacob was introduced to the John Smith’s Stadium crowd during the half-time interval of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship game against Fulham to collect a certificate having been named in the League Football Education’s ‘The XI’ for February 2015 – click HERE
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