Seven players will make the step up from the Motherwell academy to sign professional terms at the club.
Sam Muir, Matthew McDonald, Cammy Williamson, Findlay Cook, Paul Hale, Lewis Robertson and Matty Connolly have all agreed to turn pro, having risen through the ranks.
All seven will now form part of Maurice Ross’ reserve group for the 2019/20 season, as well as being under the tutelage of new Under 18s coach Darren O’Dea.
Three defenders are part of the new crop and all are 16 years old. Sam Muir is a left back or left-sided centre back, Matthew McDonald is a right back and Cammy Williamson plays at left back.
The trio have been at the academy for a prolonged period of time, rising through the ranks from the ages of 11 and 12.
Paul Hale and Lewis Robertson are two young midfielders. Paul Hale, who has been at the academy for six years, is a central midfielder while Lewis Robertson, recruited from Rangers, plays as an attacking midfielder.
Seventeen-year-old Findlay Cook has been in the academy for three-and-a-half years, with the forward also making the step up.
Finally, 16-year-old goalkeeper Matty Connolly signs professional terms having already had a brief taste of being around the first team.
The youngster, who has been at Motherwell since he was seven years old, was involved in the warm ups at the home match with St Mirren in May, after the team went down to one registered ‘keeper through illness and injury.
“We are excited by what the seven boys will offer the club now they are on professional terms,” Motherwell’s academy director Steven Hammell said.
“The boys all have inspiration to look towards when it comes to how quickly their careers can progress.
“It’s up to them now to continue to learn and develop, and we’re hopeful they all have the attitude to give themselves every chance of a long career in the game.”
Last year’s crop have already made significant strides in their professional careers.
Dean Cornelius made his first team debut at the end of the 2018/19 season, while Stuart McKinstry and Reece McAlear were involved in some matchday squads.