Teen trio sign first pro contracts with Mansfield Town
A trio of promising Mansfield Town youngsters have signed their first professional contracts with the club.
Classy midfielder Ethan Hill, promising striker Nathan Caine and solid defender George Cooper - all aged 18 - have enjoyed the last two years as scholars within the Mansfield Town academy.
Academy manager Richard Cooper said: “Ethan Hill is a very technically astute midfield player.
“He is a gifted midfield player and has an eye for a pass.
“He can build the play and he’s been in and around first team training sessions already under Nigel Clough.
“Nathan Caine has an eye for goal and obviously got his chance in the Papa John’s Trophy away at Scunthorpe earlier this season.
“He has scored some important goals for the academy throughout his scholarship. He’s a forward who can hurt defences by running in behind with his clever movement.
“George Cooper has been really consistent over the course of his scholarship in terms of his performances.
“He’s had that consistency at centre-back, and now he has the opportunity to go and show what he can do as a first-year pro.
“Coops is a solid defender and has been a leader for us at under-18 level.”
Richard Cooper says the club’s academy staff are ‘proud’ of the trio’s achievements.
“These three lads have been a real credit and have been a massive part of what we’ve tried to build in our first year as a Category 3 academy.
“They have done extremely well and we’re all proud of them.
“The lads now have something to build on and it’s up to them to get in front of the manager and show what they can do.”