Nigerian star Tayo Adaramola has signed his first professional contract with Premier League club Crystal Palace.
The 17-year-old left-back joined the Eagles as an Under-12 as he progressed alongside many of his current teammates to Under-18.
Adaramola speaks shortly after signing his first professional deal as he told Crystal Palace official website: “I just feel so happy. I’m just grateful for everyone who’s been with me throughout this journey and now the hard work continues.
“The next step is to be around the first-team as much as possible and to do well in the league this season.”
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) November 17, 2020
Reacting to Adaramola’s deal, Chairman Steve Parish said: “Congratulations to Tayo on signing his pro-forms.
“Tayo follows in the recent footsteps of fellow U18 players Jadan Raymond and Fionn Mooney in committing his future to the club, and this announcement shows that following our recent elevation to Category 1 status, we are wholeheartedly committed to retaining our best talent.
“This is a landmark day in Tayo’s career and everyone here is looking forward to seeing him work even harder to further his progression.”
Adaramola has started all seven games and won two penalties from left-back for Palace U18s in the new season.