Boro quartet handed new deals
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Middlesbrough have tied down four of their top youngsters to new deals.Middlesbrough have tied down four of their top youngsters to new deals.
Promising defender Seb Hines, who scored on his debut in the FA Cup replay against Hull last season, has inked a two-year deal.
Teenage trio Graeme Owens, Rhys Williams and Jonathan Grounds have been given first professional contracts after coming through the club's academy.
Winger Owens and defender Williams have signed two-year deals, while full-back Grounds has been handed a one-year contract.
Boro's academy director Dave Parnaby hailed the new deals for the young trio.
"All three of our new professionals have been given contracts because of their gradual improvement," said Parnaby.
"It is the view of the coaching staff and management that they still have potential to fulfil and hopefully they will do that with Middlesbrough.
"All three have played significant roles for Steve Agnew's reserve side, but they each now need to push further and challenge any player in their position who is ahead of them in the pecking order."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper David Knight has agreed a month-to-month deal with the club.