Nottingham Forest winger Alex Mighten said it is an amazing feeling to commit his future to the club having signed his first professional deal.
The homegrown talent has been at the club for almost 10 years and has followed in the footsteps of other highly-rated academy products as Matty Cash, Ryan Yates and Tyrese Fornah in committing their future to the club.
He said: “I am delighted, obviously having been here since the age of eight there is no better feeling. I was raised in the city, my parents were raised in the city so it means a lot. I am excited but this is just the start, there is a lot to come and I am excited to be able to prove myself to the fans, the manager and to everyone.
“It means more being from here, living literally five minutes away and going to the games when you are younger, of course it means a lot. And now being that step closer to showing what I can do on that big pitch is an amazing feeling.
“I was happy to see the other lads sign their contracts, as they are good friends of mine; it is great achievements for them. It shows that we have good players in the academy and that the pathway is there, we just need to use it and trust it.”
The 17-year-old has been heavily involved in training with Sabri Lamouchi’s side this season, making his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup against Arsenal, and now just wants to kick on from there and carry on improving.
He said: “It has been great being involved and they have been helping me out every day with bits of advice. It is different to be in that environment than the Under 23s but I feel that I am adapting well to it, keep working hard and hopefully I’ll get my opportunity.
“It as an indescribable feeling to make my debut. Playing at the Emirates Stadium with about 55,000 people there, it was amazing. The support was amazing and to come on and play about 15 minutes was an incredible feeling.
“Now I just want to stay part of the group, maybe get a few appearances but it is about getting used to the team and the manager trusting me. I just want to gain his trust, gain the trust of the fans and everyone at the club and I am glad I have the opportunity to do that.”