Oldham Athletic are pleased to announce that academy graduate Joe Edwards has signed a professional contract for the 2022/23 campaign.
Edwards, a talented attacking midfielder, has committed his future to Latics as he turns pro after a successful time in the youth team.
Alongside training with the senior players regularly this season, the 18-year-old is from the area after playing for Greater Manchester Schoolboys and studying at Royton & Crompton before his scholarship.
He was named in the squad for the trophy fixture against Leeds United U21 back in September and although still waiting for his debut was named on the teamsheet again a handful of times.
Speaking after putting pen to paper, he said; “I’m just buzzing and it’s a dream come true really. I’ve always wanted to be a professional footballer and I’ve worked really hard to achieve that. It makes it even better it’s at my hometown club, as I’ve been to matches over the years with my Dad and remember the crowd and how good they were in those FA Cup games.
“It’s a proud moment for my family and especially my Dad who supports the club and has helped me get to where I am now. This is only the start though and the hard work continues this summer to impress everyone and I can’t wait to wear the Oldham shirt again.”
With Head of Academy, Conor Marlin adding; “Joe has shown he has lots of potential during his time with the club. He has an eye for goal and has that final pass which is hard to find.
“I call him ‘Joe the goal’ as he scores so many goals off both feet. He is someone the fans will enjoy watching as he is technically very good and will give his all. I hope he can have a good pre-season and show Shez and the first team players and staff his level.”
During this season he has also spent a short time on loan at Winsford United, most notably playing in a sell-out derby at the newly reformed Macclesfield FC.
Further announcements on other scholars will follow in due course.