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Glen McConnell in action for Cambridge United in the FA Youth Cup against Oxford United. Picture: Simon Lankester (54309350)
Glen McConnell in action for Cambridge United in the FA Youth Cup against Oxford United. Picture: Simon Lankester (54309350)

Glenn McConnell has signed a first professional contract with Cambridge United.

The 17-year-old midfielder has featured in the first-team squad this season, although he is yet to make his debut.

“It’s a dream come true,” McConnell said. “Everyone hopes to get a professional contract so to be offered one is a good achievement for me. It’s really nice to get the recognition.

“I am excited. The club is taking really good steps and I am really looking forward to next season and beyond.”

McConnell has been with the U’s since being an under-nine, and this season scored 21 goals for the under-18s and was a key figure in their Cambridgeshire FA Invitation Cup success and in the run to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

United academy manager Dom Knighton said: “We are really pleased to be in a position to offer Glenn his first professional contract.

“Glenn has had a really positive first year of his scholarship which included him playing an integral part in the under-18s FA Youth Cup run, exposure to training with the first team and finishing the season on a work experience loan with St Neots Town.

“As we continue to strive as an academy to best prepare our young players to transition from youth team football to a first team environment, it is vital that our players are educated in understanding that there will be challenges and bumps in the road along their journey and therefore Glenn’s development plan needs to mirror this.

“We are confident that Glenn has the characteristics to take these challenges in his stride and will keep progressing under the tutelage of the staff.”



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