RUTHIN TOWN FC has congratulated one of its former junior players who has signed a professional contract with an English Football League (EFL) side.

Patrick Jones has signed a two-year deal with EFL Championship club Huddersfield Town.

The 17-year-old winger previously played for both Ruthin Town and Bala Town's junior sides before joining Wrexham's Academy in 2017.

Taking to social media following the news of Jones' contract with The Terriers, Ruthin Town FC said: "Congratulations Patrick Jones from all of us at RTFC for securing your first professional contract at Huddersfield Town. Good luck."

Jones played for Huddersfield's first team in a pre-season friendly against Manchester United’s Under-23s in August.

He was initially spotted by the club's academy manager Emyr Humphreys whilst playing for Wrexham against Accrington Stanley in March 2019.

The Wales Under-17 international joined Town for a one-week trial in September 2019 and was soon offered a scholarship, which he accepted.

Once international clearance was received, he immediately netted three goals in his first five appearances for Town’s Under-17s.

So far this season, he has trained extensively alongside Carlos Corberán’s squad as part of the newly formed B Team. He’s started all three B Team games and was part of the First Team squad that travelled to Brentford for the Sky Bet Championship game on September 19.

Huddersfield Town Academy Manager Emyr Humphreys said: “Pat thoroughly deserves his first professional contract.

“Since joining us, he’s shown the dedication we want from our young players. He drives the standards on the pitch and is always putting in extra work and analysing his own clips to further his development.

“Not only that, his educational work has also been exemplary. Everyone at the Club is looking forward to continuing their work with Pat and we hope he can continue to excel with us.”