Defender Jamie Stott is delighted to have penned a contract extension with Oldham Athletic.
The 20-year-old signed a two-year deal keeping him at the club until 2020.
Speaking about the deal, Stott said: “I’m pleased. I was out of contract so I am buzzing to be offered a new two year deal and I couldn’t be more happy.
“I have been here for 12 years now. I signed for the club with I was eight years old and it’s been a long 12 years but to finally make it and progress into the first team is a dream come true.
“It’s a shame the club have been relegated into League Two but for us young players, it is a chance to show everyone what we can do and hopefully we can get the club back where it belongs and back up the league.”
Stott enjoyed a loan spell with National League North side Stockport County at the back end of the season and he believes that was a huge learning curve in his development as a player.
“I was playing in front of big crowds that relate to League One and League Two as well,” he commented. “It set me up in good stead and if I come back this season and play then it will not faze me.
Fellow youth scholars George Edmundson and Tom Hamer have made their breakthrough into the first team this season and Stott has been impressed with both.
He said: “Me and George played together in the youth team and I’ve played with him for a while and I’ve played with Tom in the youth team last year when he played up.
“They have both done exceptionally well. George can do it anyway but for Tom to step up from the youth team to do it, he has done really well.”
Upon signing his deal, the defender is already looking forward to the new season to kick off.
“I’m going on holiday for a week and then I’ll get back and start working hard in preparation for pre-season and beyond.”