Arsenal youngster Tafari Moore turned 17 today and the right-back could hardly have wished for a better present than signing his first professional contract with the club.
The deal had long been expected, but Moore will still be delighted with the news following an impressive first season as a scholar which culminated in him helping England U17s to win the European Championships for that age group.
On the domestic front, Moore was heavily involved in a range of competitions during 2013/14, most notably making eight appearances for the U21 side, whilst also playing every minute of the FA Youth Cup run. An adept reader of the game, he still has some developing to do, but has made impressive strides in recent months and trained with the first-team towards the end of last season.
As previously communicated, fellow second-years Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Dan Crowley are scheduled to sign their first professional contracts when they turn 17 later this Summer, which would leave Stefan O’Connor, Renny Smith and Elliot Wright as the remaining players striving for an extended stay at the club.
Last season, Gedion Zelalem, Julio Pleguezuelo and Ryan Huddart, the other members of the 2013 intake, all signed their first professional deals with the club.