HARRY DEAN has signed his first professional contract with Wrexham.

The centre-back, who has come through the ranks at The Racecourse and is aged 18, has featured regularly for the Under-18s in the last two seasons, helping them to win the National League Youth Alliance Division H title before finishing runners-up in the EFL Youth Alliance North-West Division last term.

During the last two seasons, Wrexham-born Dean has made more than 50 youth appearances and has also scored seven goals.

On his new contract, Dean told the official club website said: “I’m over the moon. Having been at the club from age eight, and coming all the way through the Academy – it’s a great feeling.

“With everything going on with the club, everyone can see – it’s brilliant. It’s an amazing time to be here.

“My aim now is to get into pre-season in good shape and kick on, look at knocking on the door of that first team and see what happens.”

Manager Phil Parkinson said: “It’s good to have players stepping up from the Under-18s. The team was close to winning their league last season and Harry was a key part of that.

“Now is the chance for him to step up a level, and show us what he can do.”

Academy manager Andy Lowe added: “I would like to congratulate Harry on his first professional contract at Wrexham.

“This is a fantastic achievement and moment for Harry, his family, the Academy and all involved in his development over the years. We wish Harry the very best of luck for next season and beyond.”