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Manchester United midfielder Dion McGhee has become the latest youngster to join the professional ranks at Old Trafford.
The 17-year-old forced his way into Kieran McKenna’s Under-18s team towards the end of the season and finished with 13 appearances to his name, 10 of which were as a substitute.
A clever operator in the middle of the park, who can fill the no.10 role, the Oldham-born prospect is eligible again for Academy football next season.
McGhee signed his contract at the Aon Training Complex on Friday, following team-mates Brandon Williams, Ethan Galbraith and James Garner in agreeing deals in the last month.
‘A PROUD MOMENT’
“It’s a proud moment for me and my family,” Dion told MUTV after putting pen to paper. “I’m really happy to get the contract signed. I’ve worked hard and listened to my coaches, listening to the advice and just enjoying what I do.”
When asked who has influenced his development so far, the teenager said: “My family and my coaches have helped me kick on and improved me as a person. [United have] the best facilities in the country. What a place and what a club Manchester United is.”
Dion describes himself as “a creative midfielder and versatile player who can play in many positions” who has “an eye for goal” and says becoming professional at United has given his confidence a boost to kick on next season.
“This [signing a first professional contract] is just a confidence-booster for next season,” McGhee added. “I’ve already got my goals and targets, now it’s just [about] pushing on and keep achieving. It’s time to relax a bit now but I’ll come back hungrier than ever and ready to go next season.”