Paterson pens Stoke deal

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Martin Paterson has signed his first professional contract at Stoke City.

The academy graduate becomes the sixth youngster to agree a contract at The Britannia Stadium, following Carl Dickinson, Rob Garrett, Rob Duggan, Keith Thomas and Matthew Hazley in signing one-year deals.

The 19-year-old striker played three times for The Potters last term and will be looking to make an impression on new manager Tony Pulis in pre-season in bid to earn a regular place in next year's squad.

"I'm delighted Martin has decided his future lies at Stoke City," chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website.

"We offered terms to six players from the Academy and all six have accepted.

"It shows they believe their immediate future and the best place for them to develop is at Stoke City."