Scunthorpe United is delighted to confirm Charlie Barks, Raynner Silva, Finley Shrimpton and Harry Jessop have signed the professional deals they were offered ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Centre-back Barks, midfielders Silva and Shrimpton and forward Jessop join goalkeeper Tom Collins in signing contracts as their two-year scholarship came to an end.
Barks originally signed for the club in February 2017 in his Under-15 age group. He is a 6ft 2in right-footed central defender with a good change of pace. He has worked hard to develop his all-round game over the course of his apprenticeship, both in his defensive skills but also when in possession trying to start and build attacks. He made a number of appearances in the Under-23s last season and shown that he has the ability to hopefully progress further.
Silva came to our attention late in his Under-16s season and he was signed after a trial period. He is a left-footed central midfield player who is comfortable in possession of the ball, demonstrated by his inclusion in the England Under-18s and Under-23s Futsal squads. Raynner has worked hard to develop his all-round game but particularly his understanding and appreciation of his out of possession skills to enable him to be more effective for the team.
Shrimpton is from Scunthorpe and is a versatile player who predominantly plays as a central midfielder, but can also play as a central defender and as a right-back. He has shown a lot of development over the course of his apprenticeship, driven on by his excellent attitude and work ethic.
Jessop originally signed for the club in December 2011 as an Under-10 and has made the journey all the way through the academy age groups. He is a quick, left-footed striker who has shown that he has the ability to score goals. Over the past two seasons he has improved the tactical and physical side of his game which has helped him become a more effective player for the team.
Collins is a left-footed goalkeeper from Brigg who signed for the club in March 2013 as an Under-12, and has been with the Iron for seven years now. Tom was awarded a professional contract in the early stages of last season after making good progress over recent years.