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Donnelly Bolsters Youth Squad

Posted: Mon 09 Jan 2017

Sebastien Turenne Des Pres Signs Professional Deal

Ciaran Donnelly has added midfielder Sebastien Turenne Des Pres to his youth team squad on professional terms. 

The 18-year-old former Real Salt Lake Academy player has penned an initial 18-month contract at Bloomfield Road, with the club holding an option to extend the deal by a further 12 months.

"Seb's been on trial with us and he's impressed everybody at the club. He still falls into the category of an under-18 player but he's one that the first-team staff and ourselves in the academy are all very excited about," Blackpool's academy manager said.  

"He's got to knuckle down and adapt to life in England but he's made a big decision to come over here and pursue a professional career. That's his dream and we're giving him a platform to try and achieve his dream."

The youngster, of dual nationality, made his first appearance for the youth team on the weekend and will aim to make significant progress to the first-team setup while with the club.   

"In the short-term future he'll be with the under-18s so that he can adapt and get minutes under his belt," Donnelly revealed.

"He played his first game for the under-18s on Saturday against Carlisle and was probably the outstanding player on the pitch, yet Murphs and myself know that he's got two or three more gears to go up. 

"It's in his hands, so let's see what he can do."