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Bristol boys sign on

Posted: Thu 07 Mar 2013
Author: Adam Baker
Jack Batten and Lewis Hall

Jack Batten and Lewis Hall

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First professional deals for local pair.

Lewis Hall and Jack Batten have signed their first professional contracts with Bristol City.

The young duo have been rewarded for their progress at under-18 and under-21 level this season, with Batten even stepping up a year early.

Bristolian Hall – who turns 18 this summer – is a midfielder capable of playing in a variety of positions. With the Academy since the age of 15, he boasts a deadly left foot.

Defender Batten, 17, gets his deal just a season into his two-year scholarship. The tall Bristolian operates at centre-half and joined City’s Academy at the under-13 stage.

Willie McStay, Head of Academy Coaching, told “We’re delighted to reward both Lewis and Jack with their first professional contracts.

“Lewis has a terrific left foot and versatility that allows him to operate anywhere across the midfield or even at full back.

“His knowledge of the game has been at a level that has allowed him to progress. He’s still developing, as is any young player, but he now has the opportunity to push on again.

“With Jack, he’s been a leader at every age group and showed real maturity and confidence throughout. By offering him a professional deal a year early, we’re acknowledging the progress he has been making.

“Both players have been captains for us and have excelled at under-21 level. We’ve put together a group that are working hard together and we want to continue adding to that group for the benefit of the football club.”

Development squad members Luke Dobie and Kevin Krans recently penned 18-month deals, while scholarship terms have been signed by youngsters Joe Morrell and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans.