EDS & Academy

City youngsters sign first professional contracts

Eleven players have signed their first professional contract with Manchester City ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Luca Barrington, Will Dickson, Tomas Galvez, Jadel Katongo, Rico Lewis, George Murray-Jones, Daniel Ogwuru, Nico O’Reilly, Mahamdou Susoho, Kane Taylor and Matthew Whittingham have all penned their maiden deals with the Club this month.

James Trafford and Rowan McDonald have also agreed to extend their existing contracts.

McDonald, who has missed the last two seasons with injury, has signed a one-year extension, whilst Trafford has committed until the summer of 2027 after signing up for a further four years.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper will spend the 2022/23 campaign on loan at Bolton Wanderers, where he gained valuable experience last season.

Following an 11-game stint at fellow League One side Accrington Stanley, Trafford switched to the University of Bolton Stadium in January, impressing enough in his 22 appearances to win his first England Under-21 cap earlier this summer.

City are also set to hand first professional deals to Max Alleyne and Isaac Smith, who will sign their new contracts once they have celebrated their 17th birthday later this month.

That takes the Club’s total number of first-year professionals to 13 for next season, all of whom will be looking to build on the success they enjoyed with the national title-winning Under-18s in 2021/22.

Everyone at Manchester City sends their congratulations to these young players and wishes all of them the very best of luck moving forward.

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