CITY teenager James Sage put pen to paper on his first professional contract this week – signing for Peterborough United.
The 17-year-old from Newport Pagnell inked a two-year deal at London Road after impressing Posh manager Darren Ferguson over the last 12 months.
Having grown up playing for Newport Pagnell, Sage went on to have trials with Northampton Town and Leicester City before eventually settling down in the youth set-up at Peterborough.
The teenager is yet to make a full appearance for the Posh, but regularly trains with the first team and travelled to several away trips last year to get used to life as a professional footballer.
Dad Andrew said he was chuffed to bits for his son, who has achieved his dream of turning professional after years of hard work in youth football.
“We’re delighted for him,” Andrew said. “He has improved incredibly over the last season. He’s tall, he’s big and has a mature head on him.
“He has all the attributes to make an excellent footballer for years to come.”
New boss Ferguson said: “James has improved massively and fair credit to the boy for that. He has got better and better and when he has trained with the first team he has looked comfortable.
“He can play at left-back or centre back, but I think he is better at centre back. We have high hopes, but we don’t want to get carried away.
“We have to make sure we continue to bring the youngsters through, it is as simple as that.”