Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed youngster Maxwell McKnight has signed his first professional contract with the club.

McKnight joined the Tottenham Hotspur academy at the age of 12, after starting out at West Ham, before moving into the Under 18 squad at the Spurs.

The young right-back has now made 51 appearances for the club at various levels, including one appearance for the Under 21 squad (Transfermarkt).

With 22 appearances and two assists for the Under 18 side this term (Transfermarkt), McKnight has become a key player in the development squad at Tottenham.

A year ago, McKnight was spotted training with Antonio Conte’s first team squad (Spurs YouTube), and now he has taken one step closer with his progresson after penning his first pro deal.

A statement on the official Spurs site read: “We are delighted to announce that Max McKnight has signed his first professional contract with the Club.

“The 18-year-old right-back has featured regularly for our Under-18s over the last two seasons, playing 20 times in all competitions at that level so far in 2022/23, including all five matches on our journey to the upcoming Under-18 Premier League Cup final.

“Max also appeared in all six of our matches in the Under-19 UEFA Youth League this term and stepped up to make his debut for the Under-21s in a Papa John’s Trophy clash with Peterborough United back in September.”

The youngster follows in the footsteps of talents such as Jamie Donley, who recently signed a new deal at Tottenham.

McKnight could well be facing competition for his place, as Scottish right-back Ben Brannan is currently on trial with the club. The promising Scotland youth international is looking to secure a permanent move to North London from Kilmarnock (Football.London).

Regardless, the fact that McKnight has been handed a professional deal surely bodes well for his future career.

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Spurs Web Opinion

We’ve seen plenty of young talent come through the club over the years, and it’s important to lock those players in as soon as possible. We appear to be securing lots of youngsters right now, which suggests we are looking to the future as much as we are focused on the present.

McKnight is clearly a dependable player for the youth team and could well press on to be a key member of the first team in years to come.

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