Ipswich tie young forward down to first professional contract

PUBLISHED: 15:49 11 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:49 11 February 2019

Kai Brown has signed his first professional contract with Ipswich Town. Picture: ITFC

Kai Brown has signed his first professional contract with Ipswich Town. Picture: ITFC

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Ipswich Town forward Kai Brown has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Kai Brown battles for the ball for Town U18s against Andover Town at Portman Road Picture: ROSS HALLSKai Brown battles for the ball for Town U18s against Andover Town at Portman Road Picture: ROSS HALLS

The 17-year-old penned a two-and-a-half-year deal at Portman Road, keeping him with Blues until the summer of 2021.

He joined from Grays Athletic last season and has quickly worked his way into the Blues’ Under 23 team this season, playing as both a central striker and in wide positions.

Brown has also been involved in Town’s progression in the FA Youth Cup and could be in action when Blues take on Watford in the fifth round tomorrow evening.

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He is the latest in a line of youngsters to pen their first professional contracts, following the likes of Brett McGavin, Idris El Mizouni and Bailey Clements.

Jack Lankester signed his first professional deal in the summer before making his breakthrough into the first team and then signing another new deal last month.

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