Elliot Anderson has signed his first professional contract with Newcastle United.
Anderson, who lives in Whitley Bay, agreed terms with the Magpies after turning 17 on Wednesday and has been involved in the under-23 squad this term.
"I'm delighted to be signing a professional contract with Newcastle United," the teenager told nufc.co.uk. "It's what I've dreamt of since I was a little kid joining the Academy. It's a really proud moment for me and my family as it's our hometown club and a team we all support.
"So far, I've had some fantastic coaches at Newcastle who have helped me progress as a player and given me the chance to show what I can do.
"My parents have taken me to every training session and always stayed to watch me play in games, which I take for granted and my brothers taught me to kick a ball in the garden and have always supported me throughout my time at the Academy.
"I also played for Wallsend Boys Club before joining Newcastle United at under-nine level so I'd like to thank them as well as all of my family for helping me along the way."