We're delighted to announce defenders Louis Stephenson and Campbell Darcy have signed their first professional contracts with Hartlepool United.
Stephenson, who turned 18 in October, has made four competitive appearances for Pools at senior level. He also got on the scoresheet at the start of the month, after coming off the bench away to City of Liverpool in the Isuzu FA Trophy.
Upon turning professional, Stephenson commented:
"It's a proud moment for me and my family signing this contract - I've been working towards becoming a professional footballer all of my life. All the staff and players at the club really try and get the best out of me, and I'm extremely grateful for their support. The club has a great fanbase, which motivates me even more to get out there and take my opportunities. I'm excited for the journey ahead."
Seventeen-year-old Darcy is the fourth youngest player to make his senior debut for Hartlepool United. The Academy captain was introduced as a substitute in the Emirates FA Cup last season at home to Stoke City.
After signing his contract, Darcy stated:
"I'm delighted to sign my first professional contract and I'm really looking forward to the future ahead. It's a proud feeling and I'd like to thank everyone at the club who has helped me in my development so far. I can't wait to kick on and see what the future holds."
The pair, who have trained with the first team over the course of this season, have been rewarded with professional contracts until 2025.
Academy Manager, Ian McGuckin, added:
"We're delighted for both Louis and Campbell, as well as their families. They've performed well in the Academy and shown that desire to progress further. It shows the strength of the club's Academy set-up and demonstrates the potential to develop further."