17-year-old left-sided midfielder has been involved with Posh since the age of six
Wisbech youngster Harrison Burrows received the perfect birthday present on Saturday by signing a professional contract with League One title chasers Peterborough United.
Burrows, 17, is a left-sided midfielder who has been involved with Posh since being scouted by the club at the age of six.
The youngster penned his first-ever professional deal at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday ahead of the 2-1 victory over Rochdale.
Burrows was joined by under-18s manager Matthew Etherington for the official signing just ahead of kick-off.
The youngster was also joined by his family and other members of the Academy coaching staff.
Academy manager Nick Sheppard said: “I am absolutely delighted for Harrison.
“He has been with us since the age of six when he came into a development centre so it’s been a long journey for Harrison and it has been great to see the progress he has made year-on-year.
“Not only is Harrison an excellent technical footballer but he also works incredibly hard, on and off the pitch.
“He has a tremendous desire to improve which will certainly stand him in good stead moving forwards.”
Manager Steve Evans, writing in Saturday’s matchday programme, said: “Here is a young man, in my first few weeks at Posh I quickly identified as having a great chance to progress in football.
“It simply is only the start of his journey, but he has all the tools needed at this stage.”
Burrows, who first started playing at the age of five for Wisbech St Mary, is expected to be in the Posh under-18 squad for Thursday (January 17) night’s FA Youth Cup fourth round tie with Bury at the ABAX Stadium (7pm).
The fledgling became the youngest player ever to make a first team appearance for Peterborough in the summer of 2017 when, aged just 15, he replaced midfielder Andrea Borg for the last 20 minutes of the pre-season friendly against Ipswich Town.