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Ilesanmi Becomes second Academy player to sign Pro Deal

3 August 2022

Academy star Emmanuel Ilesanmi has become our second Academy player to make the move up to the first team, signing a two-year pro contract.

The 17-year-old forward follows in the footsteps of George Horbury who last month was promoted to the first team set-up.

Emmanuel has made three senior appearances for the club, most recently appearing off the bench in our season opening win over Swindon.

The striker made his debut in October 2021 and in doing so became the first player from our newly established Category 4 Academy to make a first team appearance.

Here's what Simon Weaver had to say about the newest member of his squad...

"He's made great progress, even this pre-season we can see that under Paul Stansfield and Josh Law a lot of these young lads are starting to come of age now and starting to mature into good young men and really good footballers.

"I think Mani, through his involvement with the first team and his growth within that setup has just come on at a rate of knots so it's great to have him on board as a professional footballer."

Ilesanmi is currently in Holland with the Academy on their pre-season tour and will wear the number 26 at Town.

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