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NEW CONTRACT: Owen signs first pro deal

Striker Owen Devonport signs his first professional contract with the Reds

20 July 2023

Accrington Stanley striker Owen Devonport has today signed his first professional contract with the club.

Devonport, who has been a Red since the age of eight, scored 18 goals in 57 appearances across 2021/22 and 2022/23, and also had loan spells with Padiham and Clitheroe.

The 18-year-old was rewarded with his Under-23s debut in March 2022 and has since played a further seven times, scoring a brace in January’s 3-3 Central League draw at home to Preston North End.

John Coleman said: "Owen has impressed ever since he has been at the club. He has grown into his body and he played different positions but we feel, going forward, he can be a focal point for us.

"He is very good in the air and has a good personality and ticks all the boxes for what we are about at Accrington."

Academy Manager, Duncan Fearnhead added: "Owen has been part of our Academy since the age of eight, we are proud of his development through his time with us.

"Owen made an appearance in a first team friendly against Bolton Wanderers at the age of 15 and has scored already this pre-season in his second appearance.

"As a strong target man-style centre forward, Owen has the ability to help keep the team up the pitch and create scoring opportunities.

"Having progressed through every age group so far, we have the confidence in Owen's abilities and believe he has what it takes to make an impact in the first team."

Owen said: "It's a big achievement. Every young lad wants to get a pro contract, so the hard work starts now.

"Pre-season has been tough, I'm starting to get back fit and the main goal is to try and get around the first team squad for the first game.

"Dan (Martin) and Aaron (Pickles) are big inspirations and show that there is a pathway into the first team."

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

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