Exeter City have announced that young forward Matt Jay has been given a professional contract, which will see him remain a Grecian until 2016.
Jay is currently a second year scholar at the Academy and will continue with his development in the under-18s before becoming a fully-fledged pro in the summer.
And now the 17-year-old has signed a deal with Exeter, which will guarantee a pathway into the first-team ranks at the end of the season.
Jay said: “I’m over the moon – I can’t say I was expecting it yet. I’ve been working hard and I’ve kept doing what I do, and I was expecting that at the end of the year when players normally get a decision that I might have done enough. So it has come as a surprise and I’m really grateful for it.
“I’m grateful to everyone – to my mum and dad for running me around, to the lads I play with, and to all the coaches I’ve worked with at the Academy such as Kevin Nicholson last year and Lee Skyrme this year, who have been a massive help. I’m just so grateful to everyone that has helped me out.”
Jay made his first team debut in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Wycombe Wanderers earlier this season as a second half substitute and then his full debut in the recent 2-0 home defeat to Southend United at St James' Park.
He has been a regular in the club's Under-21 side this campaign though and helped them to the last eight of the Premier League Under-21 Cup, where they face Blackburn Rovers at St James' Park on January 7.