Aaron Graduates

DEFENDER Aaron Bentley has completed his graduation to the Home Park professional ranks by signing his first senior contract.

Aaron, 18, was one of only two of last season's second-year apprentices offered pro deals by the Pilgrims, alongside midfielder River Allen.

The former St Boniface College student, who has represented Plymouth Schools at Under-11 and Under-15 levels, was originally spotted playing for Tamerton Foliot as a 14-year-old.

Nicknamed 'Rodney' by his peers, Aaron stood out in the Pilgrims' Youth Cup run last season, scoring - like River - in a magnificent third-round display at Aston Villa which the Premier League side edged 4-3.