Academy star Ryan Huke has signed his first professional deal with the club, committing his future to the Addicks until at least 2024.
The attacking midfielder, who has been with the club from U13 level, signed the deal with Charlton after turning 17.
The news comes following Wednesday’s announcement that U18s prospect, Daniel Kanu, has signed a professional contract with the Addicks, following in the footsteps of teammates Deji Elerewe, Karoy Anderson and Tyreece Campbell.
“It’s another one of those really satisfying moments for all of the staff who have worked with Ryan, both presently and in the past,” explained Academy Manager Steve Avory.
“It’s another success for us to be able to retain a player of Ryan’s ability and to have that opportunity to work with him over these coming years because he’s another one with a lot of potential.
“Ryan wants to listen and learn, he has the dedication to do the day-to-day training and seek to improve himself. That’s evident every day when you see Ryan out there on the training pitch.
“He loves the ball at his feet, he always wants to get on the ball and is very brave in getting on the ball. He’s at his best when he gets on the ball in pockets of space where he can turn and get at the opposition.
“One of his undoubted attributes is his ability to run with the ball and take on players one v one. He may not be the tallest, but he’s robust and players of his height who can move at pace with the ball are a real nuisance for defenders.”
Speaking after signing his contract, Huke, who is from Maidstone, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. It’s a dream come true and a very proud moment for me and my family.
“I know there is a great pathway here and with the staff and the coaching I can fulfil my dream and, hopefully, break through the first team one day and do what Deji [Elerewe] and Mason [Burstow] have been doing.
“I’m always setting goals. Every week I want to be better and better, coming into the training ground, working hard.”
Charlton Owner, Thomas Sandgaard, said: “Steve Avory and all the academy staff do an excellent job developing our young players both on and off the pitch. Ryan is well regarded by our staff, so I’m really pleased he’s committing his immediate future to the club.”
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