GIFTED Hartlepool teenage sensation Bryn Morris has signed his first professional contract - and it’s with ‘home’ club Middlesbrough.
The 17-year-old, who has been a first-choice selection and captain of England U16 and U17 over the last two seasons, has put pen to paper on a three-year contract at Boro.
Such is the skill and reputation of Morris, the midfielder/ defender has been linked with some of the country’s top clubs.
But the former High Tunstall College of Science student will be staying with Boro, a club he has been with since the age of 11.
Morris is rated that highly by Boro boss Tony Mowbray and his coaching team that he featured twicve last season.
He made his debut as a sub, aged just 16, in the FA Cup third-round win over Hastings at the Riverside in January, when he earned praise from Mowbray.
And he made an impressive 30-minute cameo at Hillsborough on the final day of the campaign when Boro lost to Sheffield Wednesday.
With Boro facing a busy start to the season, Morris could well feature in the Capital One Cup squad, or Mowbray could opt to get him some loan experience in the Npower leagues, just as he did with another yoiung Poolie, Matthew Dolan who helped Yeovil to promotion to the Championship .
Morris was one of six youngsters Boro have tied down on professional contracts.
His fellow England U17 international Bradley Fewster, also 17, has also seen his progress rewarded with a three-year deal.
Four members of the “older” generation have also been rewarded with contracts.
The two Brazilians brought to the club under the guidance of Juninho, Rafael Pereira, 20, and Marcos Rhode,n 19, have each been given a one-year contract, as have Lewis Sirrell and Matthew Waters, both products of Boro’s Academy.