Mason Hunter signs first professional contract


U18s centre-back Mason Hunter has signed his first professional deal with the club.

Hunter has regularly captained Jason Pearce's team during a successful season that saw the young Addicks claim a fourth consecutive Professional Development League 2 - South title.

The 18-year-old was also the recipient of the 2023/24 Pierre Bolangi Award, given to an U18s player who has emulated Pierre’s resilience, leadership, optimism and compassion.

After putting pen-to-paper, Hunter said: "I'm honoured and delighted. I'm really proud of myself for achieving this contract. It's been an enjoyable ride - I've had many ups and downs but I've kept my head down, kept working hard and I'm really enjoying my football.

"Working with Jason Pearce has really benefitted my game. He was a similar player to myself - not the tallest, but wanted to defend and could also play. He has incredible knowledge of the game."

Academy Director Steve Avory added: "I’m delighted that Mason has achieved a pro contract. It's fully deserved after a successful scholarship, including a particularly impressive second year. He's been an inspirational leader, leading by example with his consistent performances in a successful team.

"He's a local boy, who has been with us since the Foundation Phase, so I’m really pleased to see another player make that development from Foundation Phase to signing a professional contract."

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