Reading have confirmed that young talent Imari Samuels has put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the Royals.
The left-back progressed through the academy ranks at The Madejski Stadium and has now signed a deal that will see him stay a Royal until the summer of 2022.
Samuels turned 17 earlier this month and has recently returned from England under-17 duty in Spain where the young Lions were playing a trio of friendlies ahead of their under-17 European qualification matches next month.
The youngster was an unused substitute against Ukraine before starting in a 4-2 win over Russia a couple of days later. He then started again last Monday when the national side overcame Ukraine 4-0.
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Samuels has been a regular within the under-18 side this season as a first-year scholar and is set to take the next steps in his development as he aims to break into the senior squad over the next couple of years.
The Royals under-18 side travel to Swansea City at the weekend before clashes against Arsenal, Aston Villa, Southampton, Chelsea, Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur to end their season.
The first professional contract is normally the easiest for any academy player to achieve – it is normally the second one that is harder to get.
Samuels will need to carry on working hard in the under-18s side and showing his potential if Reading are going to be convinced that handing a first professional contract to the left-back was the right idea at such an early stage.