Preston North End are delighted to announce that Jacob Slater has signed his first professional contract with the club, keeping him at Deepdale until at least the summer of 2025.
Slater, who joined the club at U12 level, was a key player in last season’s U19 title-winning campaign and then made his first-team debut against Huddersfield Town in the Carabao Cup in August.
The 17-year-old signed a two-year professional contract after impressing first-team boss Ryan Lowe, and has been a traveling squad regular for first-team matches this season.
Speaking after putting pen to paper on his deal, Jacob said: “The last couple of months or so have been brilliant for me and I didn’t really expect it to happen so fast but I’m really happy to pass it and I just want to keep trying to progress now.
“I really didn’t expect to be here, everything happened very quickly, I was playing with the youth team and two weeks later I was making my debut for the first team.
“I think it’s the gaffer’s credit for giving the young kids a path and now they know they have a manager who will play them if they’re okay and I think Preston North End is a brilliant place to be. a young player.”
Manager Ryan Lowe added: “I’m really happy for Jacob, thanks to him and his family really, he obviously burst onto the youth team scene and he came to train with us for a great part of the season and has come out fantastically well.
“He made his cup debut, was on the Championship bench and we think he has a decent career ahead of him at Preston North End, which is why we wanted to tie him down to a long-term deal.
“That’s why we tell all the kids that they have to make a really good impression when the first team manager or coaching staff are watching, you have to make sure you play. Jacob played in that match of Charnock Richard and since then he has been with us and he has continued to progress day by day and hasn’t seemed out of place.
“We know he’s a real asset and we’re really thrilled to have him linked.”