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Tom Youngs signs first Professional Contract with Bolton

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Striker Tom Youngs has signed his first professional contract, penning a two-year deal with the club.

Michael Steele

The 19-year-old is a product of the Eddie Davies academy and has impressed at various youth team levels, most notably Jamie Fullarton’s u21’s. After successfully rising through the ranks at the Reebok, Youngs made his senior debut coming on as an extra time substitute in the Capital One cup match against Tranmere Rovers earlier this season. Although the Whites didn't come out on top that match he put in a good account for himself.

After stand out performances for the u21’s against Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United it won’t be long until he’s giving Dougie Freedman selection dilemmas. The youngster has already been named on the bench but is yet to make his league debut. Manager Dougie Freedman has already stated how he’d like to see more academy graduates break into the first team. Earlier this month he said this to Bolton News,

"I want to bring my Academy types in but right now I don’t think it is the right time. That is the plan but this is the way I am going at the moment."

That was said in the wake of Liam Feeney’s impressive performance against Birmingham, Feeney is here as a short term solution but maybe Dougie is planning for Youngs or even Zach Clough to be his long term successor. With Millwall playing hardball and threatening to recall Feeney in a couple of weeks these academy fringe players may be called upon.

Speaking to the clubs’ official website this is what Dougie Freedman had to say about the exciting prospect,

"I'm a firm believer in working with younger players from our academy," Freedman said. "Tom is a player we have high hopes for if he can continue his progress."