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Proud moment: Manchester United hand Northern Ireland teenager Ethan Galbraith a professional contract at Old Trafford

Northern Ireland youngster Ethan Galbraith has signed his first professional contract with Manchester United.

The Northern Irish youngster arrived at the club last year and helped the Reds win the Under-18 Premier League North title, with his explosive drive against Manchester City effectively sealing top spot in the division. It also won the Manchester United Goal-of-the-Month award for April.

A talented midfielder, he made 15 appearances in total (10 as a starter) for Kieran McKenna's Under-18 side and also impressed in the national final against Chelsea against more physically powerful opponents.

"It's a proud moment for me and my family," he told ManUtd.com.

"Growing up as a young kid, obviously I always wanted to play football - especially for the biggest club in the world as well.

"I'm very proud and just want to push on from here. It's been a great year. We won the league but, obviously, that's a bonus. I just struck it well against City. I didn't know what to do when I was celebrating because it was my first goal for the club as well, but it was very exciting!

"I've settled in well with the family I've moved in with and it's all been great."

The Belfast youngster celebrated his 17th birthday earlier this month.

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