Crystal Palace academy striker Victor Akinwale has signed his first professional contract.
The 17-year-old has been with the Eagles since the age of 12 and scored nine goals during the 2020-21 campaign, which earned him a call up to the U23’s.
Akinwale told Palace TV: “It’s an amazing feeling, honestly. I’ve been waiting for this all my life. Thanks to all the people who brought me to this stage – I’m ready to push on for the season.
“[My family] have taken me all over the place, all over the country. I’m really grateful for my family, my friends as well.”
U23s’ head coach Paddy McCarthy added: “Victor is a talented goalscorer with the right attitude. He’s worked very hard to secure a professional contract with Crystal Palace, and needs to use this achievement to drive him on further.”
Victor Akinwale of Crystal Palace signing his Professional Contract with Crystal Palace FC on 13th August 2021 at The Crystal Palace Academy Training Ground, Beckenham.