Patrick Roberts has spoken of his delight at signing his first professional contract with Fulham.
The highly-rated youngster put pen to paper on a deal with the Whites last week, tying him to the Club until at least the summer of 2016.
“I’m delighted,” the 17-year-old told the official website. “I’ve been here since joining the Under-14s so to sign a pro contract feels amazing. It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life.”
Roberts shone as a schoolboy as Fulham’s Under-18s won the league last season. This term, the attacking midfielder has 11 goals in all competitions for Steve Wigley’s side and, despite his tender age, has also featured twice for the Club’s Under-21s.
“The Academy at Fulham have really developed my game,” said Roberts. “They’ve improved me as a player and supported me all the way. They’ve done everything they can to help me and they always encourage me to do my best. I can’t thank them enough.”
No fewer than eight players from Fulham’s Academy have gone on to feature for the First Team this season and Roberts admits that’s all the motivation he needs as he aims to follow in their footsteps.
Dan Burn, Chris David, Ange-Freddy Plumain, Buomesca Tué Na Bangna, Lasse Vigen Christensen, Muamer Tanković, Moussa Dembélé and Josh Passley have all played for Fulham’s First Team, and England Under-17 international Roberts said: “The target now is to be training over there with them (points out of the window at the First Team) on a regular basis. I’ve trained with them a few times but I want to be doing it every day. I’ll just carry on doing what I’m doing and hopefully I’ll get a chance.
“Seeing the likes of Tank, Moussa and Lasse get their First Team chance can only inspire me. I was playing with Moussa at the start of the season in the Under-18s so to see him in and around the First Team is great. It just makes me want to get there even more.”