MIDFIELDER River Allen has signed his first professional contract with Argyle.
It completes a seven-year odyssey for the 18-year-old Plymothian, who first signed Centre of Excellence forms in October 2006 at the age of 11.
The former student at Marine Academy, who hails from Ernesettle, originally played for Tamarside FC (now Marine Academy) before representing Plymouth Schools Under-11s and Under-15s.
River made a number of appearances for Argyle Under-18s while still a schoolboy before becoming an apprentice at Home Park.
He was one of only two second-years to be offered professional terms at the completion of their apprenticeship last season, along with Aaron Bentley.