17-year-old midfielder Will Ferry has penned his first professional contract at Southampton Football Club.
Ferry, who joined Saints in the summer after progressing through the ranks of Greater Manchester club Bury, has signed a deal that will keep him at St Mary's until June 2020.
The youngster has made four starts for Southampton's Under-18s side this season, scoring his maiden goal in a 3-0 victory over Reading.
Pacey and direct, the teenager has made an immediate impact on the left wing of Craig Fleming's young side, and Ferry has himself been describing the moment he found out about the interest and a potential move to the south coast.
"It is a dream come true," he began, speaking with elation. "This is something I have always worked towards. A lot of kids when they are younger dream of this. I feel lucky for it to be me.
"My Dad called me in to his office, and even now it still feels surreal. Being at a big club, a Premier League club, I was excited and nervous at the same time. Delighted to come down here, have a look around, and then it all fell in to place.
"I'm away from family and friends, but I feel settled now. I feel a part of the club and it is like I've always been here. I feel like this is my home."
After overcoming some early injury troubles at the beginning of the season, the midfielder has worked his way seamlessly in to the Under-18s setup, but is aiming to get noticed in the higher ranks as his progression at the club continues.
"It was a difficult start with injury, but I've made a few starts for the 18s now," Ferry commented.
"I feel like I'm performing, and gradually improving the more I play. It was especially nice to score a goal, which I dedicated to someone close to me.
"In the future I hope to be able to push on to the 23s, maybe a few appearances there and try to make an impact."