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Confirmed: Fulham man pens new deal

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Fulham have confirmed that academy prospect Jay Stansfield has signed his first professional contract at the club.

The 17-year-old forward has been at Fulham on a scholarship basis thus far, joining the Cottagers in the summer from League Two side Exeter City.

“I didn’t think the contract would come as quickly as it did. I thought I’d have to settle in and wait at least a season. I’ve taken my chance and signed my pro, but I didn’t think I’d score as many goals as I have,” Stansfield told the club website.

“I hope to start playing regular Under-23 football and get a few more chances with the first team.”

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Stansfield’s performances at youth level this season has earned him plaudits – the 17-year-old has scored a total of 22 goals this season for the under-18’s. He then found the net on his debut for Fulham’s under-23 side.

His excellent showings were rewarded with two senior appearances for Fulham – in the FA Cup third round against Aston Villa and in the Championship against Charlton, coming on as as substitute on both occasions.

The youngster can play as either a centre-forward or in the number 10 role.

The Verdict

This deal was coming for Stansfield, who has been in exceptional form so far this season for the under-18’s, and has cemented himself as one of the most highly thought of youngsters on Fulham’s books.

Scott Parker has also recognised his talent by giving Stansfield a chance in the first-team squad.

He will want to kick on now and continue developing his game further.


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