Norwich City Under-18s defender Lewis Shipley has signed his first professional contract with the club, keeping him with the Canaries until the summer of 2023.
The young defender has quickly become an integral part to City's Under-18s side, starting eight of the twelve games so far in all competitions this season, playing 90 minutes in all but one fixture.
Most recently, Shipley featured for all 90 minutes in the young Canaries 4-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.
Speaking on signing his first professional contract with the Canaries, Shipley, a self-confessed Norwich fan, described it as a lifetime aspiration achieved, crediting one academy coach in particular for his help in the defender's development.
"It feels incredible, I've been at the club since I was seven-years-old and it's just a dream come true for any Norwich fan. To be in this situation, it's a true honour.
"Greg Crane [Under-18s coach] has been with me since I was eight, to help me through this, he deserves as much credit as anyone. He helped me get to where I am today."
Having played such an involved role in the U18s season so far, the 17-year-old sees the opportunity to play with older players as a challenging but helpful opportunity, saying he needs to keep up his hard work to make it to the first-team and play at Carrow Road.
"It's been a good learning curve for me to play ages up, so I think I just need to keep striving on and hopefully I'll play on theone day."