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Shenton signs professional deal

Stoke have tied down teenage prospect Ollie Shenton to a long-term deal.

The midfielder has been with the Stoke academy since he was seven and has been training with Mark Hughes' first-team squad this season.

He made his Potters debut in their 3-0 Capital One Cup win over Portsmouth in August.

The 17-year-old told the club's official site: "I'm really pleased to have signed a professional contract with Stoke City. I know it's just the start and I've got a long way to go.

"I've set my sights on playing in the first team for Stoke since the moment I joined the club as a seven-year-old and it's a dream to have signed as a professional.

"Every day in training I try to push myself harder and harder to improve. I'm training alongside really experienced players who keep telling me to keep going and I'm striving to make myself a better player."

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