Raphael Araoye has expressed his delight in signing his first professional contract with Bristol City.
Araoye is signing professional terms for the first time having joined the club at Under-11 level and will remain at Ashton Gate for the next three years.
At only 17-years-of-age, Araoye is currently playing for Alex Balls’s Under-21’s side though he is still able to represent City at Under-18 level, highlighting his quick growth.
Araoye follows in the footsteps of Tommy Blackwell, Mac Boyd, Jamie Knight-Lebel, Seb Palmer-Houlden, Omar Taylor-Clarke and Callum Wood in signing their first professional deals over the last few months.
Commenting on his new deal to the official club website, he said: "It’s an amazing feeling to be honest.
The moment I have been waiting for since joining the academy - it’s a dream to some true to sign my first professional contract.
"Coming up through the academy there have been a lot of ups and downs. I’m just happy that I have reaped what I have sown and I’m ready for it now.
"Last year I was injured for quite a bit, so for this season I want to get a run of games and some consistency in my performances and if I get the opportunity with the first team, I take it."
It has been a positive week for City and their academy set-up with wins for both teams. On Tuesday afternoon, the Under-21’s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a win over Peterborough United.
A day later on Wednesday evening, academy graduate Dylan Kadji marked his first competitive appearance for the club with a debut goal.
The returning Antoine Semenyo was also on the score sheet, netting in the 3-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers, where he was set up by Tommy Conway, another player who has come through the system.