Talented Wilson signs pro contract with Reds


Shaun Davies

THERE has been some good news for at least one Liverpool attacker.

Corwen youngster Harry Wilson has expressed his delight at signing his first professional contract with the Anfield giants.

The 17-year-old Wales international announced his deal on Twitter.

"Delighted to have signed my first professional contract with Liverpool Football Club," he admitted.

Wilson is one of seven Academy-based players have signed professional contracts.

Goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux and defender Kevin Stewart have signed after leaving Tottenham Hotspur.

The pair join playmaker Sergi Canos, defensive midfielder Pedro Chirivella and winger Wilson in penning deals.

Academy duo Jordan Williams and Sheyi Ojo have also signed new contracts.

Harry's dad Mark said: "We are thrilled, obviously.

"We knew a while ago, but we just wanted to wait until July."

Harry was back in training last Thursday and Mark added: "They all had a programme to keep on with their summer break and he kept on to it.

"He understands now he's got to get his head down, work hard and progress.

On the possibility of a first team appearance over the course of the forthcoming season, Mark said: "If it comes along, it comes along.

"He's got four years of development to go.

"It's a case of pushing on and trying to cement his place with the U-21s."

It's the latest development in what has already been a memorable start to his career for the former Ysgol Dinas Brân student.

Having represented Wales in the Victory Shield and at U-17 level and impressing Wales national boss Chris Coleman with his performances, Wilson was called up to the senior Welsh squad last October at the age of 16.

Wilson was an unused substitute in a 1-0 victory over Macedonia on October 11, but he made his debut against Belgium four days later, when he came on as a substitute in 87th minute.

With this appearance, Wilson became the youngest ever player to play for Wales, beating previous record holder Gareth Bale.

Wilson also became Liverpool's youngest ever international at the age of 16 years and 207 days.

Coleman said at the time: "If he fulfils his potential there is another good player on our hands.

"Now he has had a little taste of it, that cements his future with Wales for the next 10 or 15 years."

Wilson first signed for Liverpool as a member of the U-9s squad and at the age of 15 he became a full time member of the Liverpool Academy squad.

For the beginning of the last season, Wilson was promoted to the U-18s' squad full time and in the spring, he was the joint top scorer at the Ajax Future Cup.

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