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Joe Bedford signs professional contract

19 June 2017

Joe Bedford rewarded with pro terms at Blues

Joe Bedford has today put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract, signing a one-year deal with the option of a further year.

The central midfielder has been at Blues since the age of eight and has progressed through the Blues Academy to sign a pro deal.

And the Upminster-based 19-year-old was delighted after signing his contract.

“It’s quite mad to be honest because I’ve been here for ages and this is my first professional contract,” he said.  “I’m excited to get going with it.

“It feels like all the hard work has paid off, especially for my family because for me it’s just playing football but to your family it’s mad.

“This is where it starts for me. From being a youth player, getting to here is just another starting point and it’s one after the other from here.

“The likes of Rick [Duncan], Kev [Maher], Dave Huzzey, Luke Hobbs, Mark Bonner, Steve King, I’m all thankful to.”

Last year Phil Brown described Bedford’s goal against AFC Wimbledon as “the best he had seen” on a training ground, but he described himself more as a passer from deep than a goalscoring midfielder.

The youngster said he's aiming to make his debut in the first team before long.

“I’ve been in the squad a few times although haven’t made my debut. Unfortunately, I was supposed to be on the bench for the Bolton game which got called off, so my next target is to make my debut by December and then crack on and play games in the first team.

“If not then a loan would be an option but I would prefer to play here of course.”