FORMER Solihull School youngster Will Grigg says his dream has come true after he was awarded his first professional contract at Walsall FC.
Boss Chris Hutchings has saw enough potential in the 17-year-old to offer him a one-year deal with the option of a one-year extension.
The striker was one of just three players from the youth team to earn a contract and he admitted he can’t wait to get started at the Banks’ Stadium.
“It’s great to be training with the first team after disappointment earlier in my career when I was released from Birmingham City,” he said.
“Making my first team debut away at Cheltenham last season was a dream and signing this contract is yet another dream come true.”
The talented teenager has set himself a double figures goal target for the reserve team which he hopes will help him stake a claim for a first team berth.
But the former Binbrook FC young gun knows it will be tough getting past fellow strikers Troy Deeney, Alex Nicholls and Jabo Ibehre.
“Troy in particular has had a great season but hopefully I can get some games and show what I’ve got.”
Walsall have offered Sam Adkins and Darryl Westlake their first professional contracts alongside Grigg and Hutchings admits it’s a ‘fantastic opportunity’ for the trio.
“We’ve had them train with the first-team in recent weeks and they have stood up well, which is a testament to the work that (head of youth) Mick Halsall has done in moving them in the right direction.
“It’s down to them to work even harder now to make an impact at this level and continue to move in the right direction.”
Grigg could be turning out for the Saddlers at places like Elland Road and The Valley and he said it will be an amazing feeling to perform in front of so many fans.
He has already earned international recognition appearing for Northern Ireland U19’s against Switzerland in April.