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PAIR DELIGHTED TO SIGN PROFESSIONAL DEALS

26 January 2017

Fresh from signing their first professional deals, Adam Kelsey and Lewis Butroid spoke of their delight.

Kelsey, in the first year of his two-year scholarship, joined the club in December 2015 from Hull City after a successful trial, with manager Graham Alexander seeing a lot of potential in the young shotstopper.

"Adam has been training with us a lot this season," Alexander told The Iron PlayerHD.

"He's done exceptionally well and has shown us that he has got the potential to be a really good goalkeeper. We just felt that he would be with us for a while and if we could give him a contract that it would speed up his progress with the first team squad."

Kelsey (17) added: "I'm over the moon with it. It was such a good moment to find out I was getting my first professional contract and at such a young age as well.

"It was totally unexpected and out of the blue. My mum didn't believe me at first.

"We've got to set our own standards as high as we possibly can. We've both been playing and training with the first team and you appreciate just how good you've got to be to manage to break into the first team.

"I'm hoping to push on now, improve myself and be the best I can possibly be to give myself the best chance to have a career in football.

"Luke (Daniels) and Joe (Anyon) are both brilliant role models and really good 'keepers and I've learnt a lot from them and Paul (Musselwhite) to help improve.

"The youth team staff have also been brilliant since the start of my apprenticeship. My thanks go to them as well."

Butroid, who made his professional debut in the Iron's 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough U21's in the Checkatrade Trophy, was equally as delighted to emerge with a deal after completing nearly a decade with the Iron at youth level.

"I'm delighted with it. It's a big opportunity for me," the 18-year-old said.

"I've now got to continue to improve myself as a player and use the year to get as close to or even break into the first team. For me, it's a really good opportunity to improve myself and have a good career in football.

"It's a really good club with really good professional players. They train properly and to the max and it's really helped me to progress and get better.

"I've been in the youth set-up for ten years and all the coaches I've had have really helped me and a lot of credit needs to go to them."

The United boss looked back on Butroid's progress since he joined the club and stated the full-back "cemented his contract" with an exceptional performance on his professional debut.

"He played in the first team in the Checkatrade Trophy and was excellent," Alexander stated.

"When I first came here last year, he played in the first reserve game I watched and I noticed he was an excellent player. I spoke to Tony (Daws), Nick (Daws) and Daws (Andy Dawson) at the time and they were all very complimentary of him.

"I think he's earned his contract with the strides he's made this season. He slotted into the Trophy game and was excellent on the day."

The reward for the duo is evident with months remaining until the end of the season, but that might not be it in terms of professional deals for the Iron's scholars with Alexander indicating others are still firmly on his radar.

"There's a long way to go for both of them, but when you know these players have got a chance, then you might as well make this decision," he continued.

"They're not the only ones we're keeping an eye on in the youth set-up. There are a couple of others in there that still have an opportunity and we'll see how that is between now and the end of the season."

Academy Manager Tony Daws also spoke following the decision to reward the duo with a deal, saying: "Everyone at the academy is delighted that both Adam and Lewis have been rewarded with a contract.

"Adam is only a first year scholar which shows the club's belief in him and his potential is evident.

"Meanwhile, Lewis has demonstrated that he can step up to the first team stage, having already made his professional debut. Both now need to keep their feet on the ground, work hard and make further progress.

"It sends out a positive message to the rest of the academy players that we've got a manager, a Chairman and a board that are committed to the youth set-up and that the club is youth-orientated to give the boys the best possible opportunity to progress.

"It's important to note that the other second year scholars still have three-or-four months to work hard to get where they want to be and they're constantly being watched and coached every day."

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