Jay Stansfield has signed his first professional contract with Fulham, the club has confirmed this evening.

The teenage striker has been a revelation since arriving at Craven Cottage from Exeter City in the summer. The 17 year-old has scored eighteen goals in eleven under-18 appearances and his sensational form for Steve Wigley’s side saw him earn promotion to the under-23 team, for whom he scored after coming off the bench against West Ham.

Stansfield’s development quickly caught the eye of first-team manager Scott Parker, who included the youngster in his squad for the FA Cup third round tie against Aston Villa. Stansfield impressed as a late substitute as the Whites knocked their Premier League opponents out of the Cup and was named on the bench in Fulham’s following three first-team fixtures. He made his league debut in the closing stages of a goalless draw at Charlton Athletic last month.

Stansfield, who has also made his debut for England’s under 18 side this season, was delighted to put pen to paper on his new deal. He told Fulham’s official website:

It’s been a great start here and I’m really happy to be able to sign as a pro at Fulham. I didn’t think the contract would come as quickly as it did. I thought I’d have to settle in and wait at least a season. I’ve taken my chance and signed my pro, but I didn’t think I’d score as many goals as I have.

I’d put this down to the hard work in training. I practice every morning before training on my finishing. The whole team around me has helped me get to where I am. The defence and midfield around me have been a huge help. Most of my goals have come through the team and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. I hope to start playing regular Under-23 football and get a few more chances with the first team.