17-year-old defender Martyn Box has today put pen-to-paper on a professional contract here at Barnet FC.
Box joined our Academy in back in the spring and has enjoyed a whirlwind start to life here at The Hive London, having played in first team friendlies before going on to make his professional debut earlier this season in the win over Maidenhead.
On signing his first ever professional contract, Box has said:
"I'm very pleased to have signed professionally for Barnet, it's a good club with a good community around it, they have been really supportive of me.
"It's a big day for me, a day I've been waiting for for a long time.
"I'm really glad it has come around now and I'm looking forward to seeing what my future holds at this club."
Manager John Still added:
"Martyn has done very well in the youth side, alongside a few others, and we have offered a deal to him which I'm pleased to say has now been agreed.
"I know people will go you only included him in the squad because you were very light, well that's right, but I brought him on ahead of one or two more experienced players for two reasons.
"I thought it would give him a massive boost, which it did and I felt confident that he would do the job I asked of him.
"I'm delighted for him, it's a good move for the club and it's always nice when you promote from within.
"He doesn't appear to be the biggest, but he's definitely got a big heart and he's got a good technique about him.
"He is very accomplished, I see a little bit of devil and desire in him and I think that if we work with him properly, he is someone that we can help grow into a very very good player because he's already very talented."