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New Contracts For Academy Five

Max O’Leary, Zak Vyner, Joe Morrell, Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and Ashley Harper have all signed new professional terms at the club.

Goalkeeper O’Leary and defender Vyner – both of whom made their debuts for the club during season 2015/16 – have penned two-year contracts, with an extra year option.

Morrell, Lemonheigh-Evans and Harper have all penned one-year deals.

“I’m delighted they’ve all signed their new contracts,” said head coach Lee Johnson.

“I’m really looking forward to working with them and trying to help them to progress. They’ve all done well this year and next season will be another challenge.

“Hopefully we can get them first-team football somewhere, hopefully with us, but if not we’ll look to guide them towards the right clubs on a loan.”

O’Leary, 19, spent the tail end of the season on loan at Kidderminster Harriers. He played five times for the non-league club, having previously made two appearances for City’s first team against top-flight West Brom in the FA Cup back in January.

Vyner, 18, made his debut in a crucial relegation battle at MK Dons earlier this season and has gone on to make four appearances to date.

Wales youth captain Morrell put pen to paper on scholarship terms in 2012, before he became professional at the age of 18. The midfielder, now 19, made his debut in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match at Wycombe Wanderers in October 2013, and although he is still waiting for his second appearance, Morrell was included on the substitutes bench in the FA Cup in January.

Lemonheigh-Evans, 19, is a striker who has also played at youth level for Wales and has been a regular at Under-21 level this season. He has yet to make a first team appearance.

Harper, 18, who operates wide, joined the club on the pre-season tour to Portugal last summer, but has yet to be involved at first team level.