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SIGNING: Coventry City FC agree professional terms with five Academy scholars

25 May 2016

Five of Coventry City's Academy graduates have accepted professional deals with the Sky Blues...

Coventry City have agreed terms with five Academy scholars who were offered professional contracts and all will continue their footballing development with the Sky Blues.

Goalkeeper Corey Addai, defenders Darragh Leahy and Jacob Whitmore and midfielders Jordan Shipley and Callum Maycock have accepted their contract terms after an impressive two years at the Academy.

Leahy, Addai, Maycock and Shipley have all accepted two year deals with a one year option in the club’s favour, while Whitmore has accepted a year-long contract with a one year option. 

All five have impressed during the past two seasons, notably in this season’s FA Youth Cup campaign, and have already established themselves within the City U21s setup. 

Addai has also been involved in recent matchday squads alongside first-team goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook, having replaced the injured Lee Burge on the substitutes bench for the final third of the season.

The agreed deals represent another great triumph for the Coventry City Academy who were recently named in the top five Academies in the Football League over the last six years.

Academy Manager Richard Stevens has praised the application and hard work of the group to earn their first professional contracts.

"It's a great moment for us as an Academy to see five scholars accept professional contracts with the football club,” Stevens said.

"It shows the huge amount of confidence the first-team management staff have in the work we do at the Academy and the players we're currently producing.

“The Academy have a great track record of providing a pathway in to the first-team setup and the likes of Cian Harries and Dion Kelly-Evans making their senior team debuts on the final day of the season is testament to that.

“It is also a great show of faith from the club that four of the five players have been offered two year deals, which will give them time to develop under the guidance of the senior coaching staff. 

“This is a talented group and they have a great work ethic - there is no reason that with continued development why they will not impact upon the first-team in the not-too-distant future.”

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