Fulham have announced that academy goalkeepers Michael Allen and Alfie McNally have signed professional contracts with the Premier League club.

Allen, who has been with the Whites since the age of nine, has impressed between the sticks for Fulham’s under 18s since signing a two-year scholarship in 2021. He made fifteen appearances last term, including during the Premier League Cup final against Chelsea, and also made his under 23s debut in a 3-1 Cup win over Carlisle United in February. The seventeen year old told the club’s official website:

“I’m very pleased to have signed my first professional contract, especially as I’ve been here at the club from such a young age. It’s also a massive moment for me and my family as they’ve helped me so much over the last decade, from driving me up to training and games to their support off the pitch, it’s an incredible feeling.

I’ve enjoyed every minute in every age group at this club. From playing in the younger age groups, with just seven of us on a small pitch kicking a football around to playing competitively in the Under-18s, playing in a cup final, and playing abroad. It’s been a very good journey with lots of ups and downs.”

McNally, who signed for Fulham from Brentford in 2012, made his under 18 debut in a 5-1 win at Reading in December 2020. He made a first appearance at under-23 level in the 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest in January before gaining senior experience on loan with Ashford Town. He kept a clean sheet on debut in a 2-0 win over Thatcham and was named man of the match regularly during a successful stint with the Tangerines.

Allen told the Fulham website:

“I’m delighted to extend my stay at Fulham. I’ve been at the club for six years now and it feels like my first big accomplishment and I’m looking forward to what’s to come. The main reason I want to continue my journey here is that there are still lots of things I can get better at and I don’t think there’s a better place to help me do that than Fulham.”