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Ted Smith: Keeper signs first pro deal

1 January 2014

Youth goalkeeper Ted Smith will sign his first professional contract today on the pitch before the game vs. Portsmouth

Youth team goalkeeper Ted Smith signed his first professional contract with Southend United before today’s game against Portsmouth.

The young goalkeeper was out on the pitch before the game to sign his contract with Academy Manager Ricky Duncan and Manager Phil Brown.

Ted has represented England’s under-18’s in a friendly earlier this year and is also the captain of the club’s youth team. He has been called up to another England training camp this month.

The youngster said: “I’m delighted to be signing a pro deal, it is what you work so hard for and want to earn, but the real hard work starts now.

“You can’t just stop because you’ve signed a contract, you have to get better, show the first-team manager what you can do and make an impression.

“I will continue to work hard with the youth team until the end of the season and then during the summer I’ll do as much work as I can to make sure I come back in the best shape possible for the new season.”

Ted joined the club’s academy at the age of 12 and has been there ever since. You can play a role in helping more players from the academy make the step up to the first-team by signing up to the Blues Lottery. For just £10 a month, you can help develop the future generation of players at Blues. For more info, please visit our Blues Lottery section on the website.

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