Ryan Astley in action against Liverpool's Glen McAuley in a U18 Premier League game last year. Pic: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Wales Teenage Sensation Ryan Astley Signs First Pro Deal With Everton

Wales teenage star Ryan Astley has signed his first professional deal with Everton Football Club.

The 17-year-old from Llanfair Caereinion in Powys has been hailed by the club’s Under-23s coach David Unsworth as one of their greatest ever prospects.

Centre-back Astley has been with the Toffees since he was seven was reportedly being tracked by Arsenal until being handed his professional deal.

Ryan Astley has been with Everton since he was seven.

The contract will keep Astley, who is also qualified for England, at Goodison Park until the end of the 2021 season.

Astley has already featured for Wales U9is and plays regularly for Everton’s U23s having made his debut at that age group aged just 16 last year.

“I’m so proud of him. He made his debut (for the Under-23s) last season when he was still playing at under-16 level, which is not heard of,” Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo.

“He’s come into the group, he’s playing out of position at right-back – he’s a centre-back really – and he’s been terrific.”


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