Young Owls star Liam Waldock has penned his first professional contract with Sheffield Wednesday until summer 2020.
The academy youngster, who joined the club at the age of eight, has successfully risen through the ranks to sign professional terms with Wednesday.
Waldock was an ever-present for the Under-18s last season, while still eligible for the Under-16s, as the club achieved the play-offs and the midfielder is keen to continue his progression at Hillsborough.
Signing his contract on the day of his 17th birthday, Waldock told swfc.co.uk:
“I’ve been here since the age of eight so to sign a professional contract today is a really proud day for me. It’s a dream come true.
“I want to keep improving, I’m very ambitious and want to be successful here and play as high as I can.
“My family are big Wednesdayites too and it’s a proud day for them. Now the hard work starts here.
“I’ve not achieved anything yet, I need to get my head down and take everything to the next level.”
The central midfielder has already featured on occasion for the Under-23s, such has been his rise through the system, and played 75 minutes in the Development Squad’s recent 1-1 draw with Millwall.
He added: “Like all players, my aim is to make it here in the first team.
“But there is a long way to go before then. Hopefully we can have another good season at Under-18 level but this time go one better and win the league.
“I want to get in the 23s, get a regular spot in that team and keep playing.
“It’s a lot faster in the 23s, if you get the ball, you have to be much quicker, if you don’t, you lose possession and those kind of experiences make you a better player.
“With the 18s, it’s been a good start, we lost our first game of the season on Saturday but we have to keep going and I think with the group of players here, we have the potential to win the league.
“We’ve had a very strong start, we haven’t conceded a lot of goals, we are very strong attack-wise and there have been a lot of positives.”