17-year-old pens deal until the summer of 2023
- Michael Stone signs his first professional contract
- Midfielder’s future secured after impressive debut season
- Comments from Academy Manager Emyr Humphreys
Academy midfielder Michael Stone has signed his first professional contract today!
The 17-year-old has agreed a deal that will keep him at Huddersfield Town until the summer of 2023, with the Club having the option of a further year’s extension.
Michael joined the Academy from Stoke City in the summer of 2020 and played his first year for the Under-17s on non-contract terms, whilst also pursuing his own qualifications in construction.
Playing both in central midfield and at right back, Michael made 31 appearances for George Danaher’s Under-17 side during the 2020/21 campaign, whilst also making his first four appearances for the Under-19 team.
Huddersfield Town’s Academy Manager Emyr Humphreys explained:
“Michael is among the most deserving players we’ve had in earning his first professional contract, which is a huge day for any young footballer.
“He had the setback of an early rejection at Stoke City at 16, and he dealt with it fantastically well. He showed impressive resilience and embraced the opportunity to come here on a non-contract basis. His attitude has been really refreshing.
“He’s a player with absolutely no ego; he just wants to improve. He’s hungry to learn from the coaches and he puts his all into every game and training session to do so.
“He’s a great example to every young footballer, as he’s shown it is possible to follow a different path in football.”