Derby County Under-18s goalkeeper Jack Thompson has signed his first professional contract.

The 17-year-old has risen through the ranks in the Academy at Moor Farm Training Ground, after joining the club at the age of eight, to put pen-to-paper on his first senior deal.

Thompson has committed his future to the club by signing a two-and-a-half-year contract which will run until the end of the 2025/26 season.

The England youth international shot-stopper saw his progress recognised at the end of the 2022/23 season when he was named as the Academy Player of the Season at the club’s annual End of Season Awards night.

Academy Manager Matt Hale said: “We’re delighted that Jack has made the decision to commit his future to Derby County until the summer of 2026.

“He is a great example to many players in the Academy as he has progressed right through the system and earned himself a professional contract.”

He added: “Jack knows there’s plenty of hard work still ahead, but he is a level-headed character who knows the dedication and determination that is required to make the next step in his career.”

Thompson has featured regularly for the Under-18s this term and helped Danny Maye’s side progress to the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup.

The youngster has also stepped up to appear in Premier League 2 on three occasions for Jake Buxton’s Under-21s during the campaign to date.