JIMMY SPENCER has become the latest young player to pledge his future to Town.
The 19-year-old striker, pictured right, who is back from a season-long loan at League II Morecambe, has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal.
Spencer netted eight times for the Shrimps, and follows fellow academy products Jack Hunt, Liam Ridehalgh and Greg Pearson in agreeing new deals.
“I sent Jimmy out to gain experience of regular first-team football in an environment where it really matters and the move has been perfect for him and Morecambe, who extended that deal in January to cover the entire season,” explained manager Lee Clark.
“When you combine that with his earlier loan spell at Northwich Victoria, he has now played a good amount of senior football and the next goal for Jimmy is to come back into our squad and work hard to establish himself in our first team.
“The fact that we offered a two-year contract shows we feel he has the potential to play at a higher level if and when the club progresses.”
Spencer said: “Signing the contract wasn’t a difficult decision because I have been at the club since I was eight.
“I think I’ve become a better person as well as a better footballer through my spell at Morecambe. I’ve certainly learned the importance of hard work off the ball.
“Before I went there, all I was interested in was getting on the ball, but now I know how important it is to work hard and earn the right to play.
“I know the majority of the first-team crowd won’t have seen me play, but my aim now is to break into the first team and show them exactly what I can do.”
On tomorrow’s game, Spencer said: “I’ve trained with the team this week and they really are buzzing – everyone is so focused on getting to the Championship.”