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NEW CONTRACT: Leslie signs first pro deal

Striker Leslie Adekoya signs his first professional contract with the Reds

26 July 2022

Accrington Stanley striker Leslie Adekoya has today signed his first professional contract with the club.

Adekoya, who made a total of 28 appearances for the Under-18s, scored 20 goals and played a pivotal role in helping John Miles' side reach the fourth round of last season's FA Youth Cup.

The 18-year-old was rewarded with his Under-23s debut as a substitute in January and has been named on the first team bench on one occasion; away at Sheffield Wednesday.

Manager John Coleman said: "Leslie has impressed in the youth team and scored a lot of goals. He can now make the next step up and integrate goals with link up play.

"He will benefit from exposure into the first team, it should do him the world of good, and kick start his career."

Academy Manager Duncan Fearnhead added: "Leslie had a difficult start to his scholarship after a broken leg at the start of his first year held him back, but he's come back from that really well and looks better than he did before.

"His all round play has really improved and he finds himself in great positions between the posts which is where goalscorers can earn their money.

"With other players moving on during the transfer window, we all hope Leslie can take the opportunity in front of him and continue his goalscoring exploits at the Wham Stadium."

Leslie said: "This is the moment I've been working towards, I'd like to thank my family for helping through the rough and hard times.

"Even though I've signed, this is just the start. I've got to look forward and try to get into the first team. I know what I need to do, I'm confident in myself and the hard work begins now.

"It's been good training with the first team, they're a great bunch of guys and I can learn a lot of things from them."

The two-year contract is subject to EFL and FA ratification.

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