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Jack Sparkes signs his first professional contract on 17th birthday

Tis: 'It is a proud moment for club, Jack and his family'

29 September 2017

Jack Sparkes has put pen to paper on his first professional contract having turned 17 today.

The youngster has already made three first-team appearances this season and scored his first goal for the club in a match against Yeovil Town.

Manager Paul Tisdale has been helped in his ability to sign Jack on professional terms by the club’s 1931 Fund – a group of supporters who raise money to help pay for an extra member of the first team squad.

Tis said it was a proud day for the club and Jack, but also his family who have put a lot of effort and commitment in over the years.

“It is important to make that point because any commitment that a young player like Jack makes is matched by his family over a long period of time,” said Tis. “So it is a proud moment for the club, and its academy, for Jack but also for his parents.

“Jack can now settle into building a professional career. This is the first step, but there is a lot of hard work ahead of him which I’m sure he will approach in the correct manner.

“He has already participated and contributed in first-team action this season. So it is no surprise, at our first opportunity, we have turned him into a professional.

“That has been aided by the 1931 Fund who tremendous job in the fundraising that they do.”

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