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Trio Sign First Pro Deals
Tuesday, 6th Jul 2021 17:48

Matt Healy, Zanda Siziba and Cameron Stewart have signed their first pro deals with the Blues.

Midfielder Healy, who featured for the U23s last season, joined the Blues as a scholar in 2018 having previously been with College Corinthians.

The 19-year-old, who won Republic of Ireland caps at U15 and U16 levels, has penned a one-year deal with the club having an option for a further season.

Siziba, who was previously with the youth set-ups at Dagenham & Redbridge and Tottenham, is another midfielder, who made his senior debut as a sub in the Papa John’s Trophy tie with Gillingham and his first start at Crawley in the same competition.

The 17-year-old, who qualifies to play international football for Zimbabwe, has signed a two-year deal with the club having an option for an additional campaign.

Centre-half Stewart, 18, joined the Blues from Linfield in the summer of 2019 when he agreed a three-year scholarship and the one-year pro deal he has signed today.

The Ballymena-born defender won caps with Northern Ireland at U17 level.

Last month, fellow academy graduates Albie Armin, Cameron Humphreys and Ola Bello also signed their first pro deals.

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ArnieM added 17:53 - Jul 6
Brilliant. Get in there lads 👍

BlueBoots added 18:16 - Jul 6
Good stuff - from what I saw of the U18's last season, let's not hang about offering Edwin Agbaje a deal too (wouldn't want to lose him the way we did with Liam Gibbs)

Edmundo added 18:23 - Jul 6
Great to see us selecting some quality. Would be brilliant to see at least one of them make inroads into the first team squad this year.

Bazza8564 added 18:45 - Jul 6
Important we keep perspective with this, there has been a lot of woe on here recently about academy graduates almost "whats the point".

Maybe the crop we saw all come through together havent been retained because of the failures and culture at the club we've all read about rather than the academy system itself.

Keep investing and lets keep believing

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 19:01 - Jul 6
Good to see that we haven't given up on the Academy!

Bluearmy_81 added 19:34 - Jul 6
Congratulation lads

Ipswichbusiness added 19:53 - Jul 6
We heard that contract talks with Liam Gibbs had broken down, but no news since. I wonder what the state of play is there?

leftie1972 added 21:28 - Jul 6
Congratulations to you all!

miltonsnephew added 11:14 - Jul 7
Very disappointed we’ve missed out on Wyke!!

Think we need more signings through the door before the end of the next two weeks.

afcfee added 11:38 - Jul 7
Judging how ruthless we have been these must high expectations

Linkboy13 added 15:56 - Jul 7
Wonder how long it will be before they are poached away.

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