Charlton Athletic are delighted to confirm that talented centre half, Deji Elerewe, has signed his first professional contract with the club, committing his future to the Addicks until at least 2024.
The 18-year-old impressed the Charlton hierarchy during pre-season and made his first team debut in the Carabao Cup against AFC Wimbledon in August. He has made four subsequent first team appearances, including two impressive showings in League One.
Elerewe joined the Addicks esteemed academy as an U13 and explained how delighted he was to sign a professional deal with the club. He said: “It feels great, I love being at Charlton. Charlton is a great club and I love spending my time here.”
A full interview with Elerewe will be available on the club’s channels later this week.
Academy Manager, Steve Avory, has seen Elerewe develop during his time at the club and added: “I am delighted Deji has committed his immediate future to Charlton. He has developed so well throughout his years at the Academy. The development journey continues and I speak for all Academy and First Team staff who will be so pleased that they can continue nurturing his football and personal development. It is another proud day for the Academy.”
Elerewe becomes the latest academy starlet to commit himself to the club, following the recent confirmation that Karoy Anderson had signed his first professional deal and last month’s signing of Harris O’Connor.
Owner, Thomas Sandgaard, said: “I am really pleased we’ve been able to sign Deji to a three-year contract. He is an excellent young player with a bright future ahead of him, so I’m delighted he’s committed to Charlton.
“We have a fantastic academy with an excellent track record of developing players. It is great to see Deji following in the footsteps of so many talented players. I’m looking forward to watching him playing for us for many years to come.”
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