THE fresh injection of talent into Argyle’s professional ranks has continued, with young defender Harry Hodges signing his first senior contract.
Harry is one of five of last season’s Academy Under-18s to have been offered pro terms by the club, alongside Luke Jephcott, Ryan Law and Cameron Sangster, with goalkeeper Michael Cooper having already signed a two-year deal.
Harry, captain of the Academy team which reached the last season, said: “I’ve been playing with those lads for quite a few years now; we all understand how each other plays.
“It would be great for some of us to get some first-team experience next season – home-grown lads, through the Academy; it would be great for the club.”
Harry’s promotion from Argyle apprentice to the pro ranks comes exactly 40 summers after his dad, Kevin did precisely the same. Kevin, of course, went on to make a club-record 620 appearances for the Pilgrims, before managing the club and latterly heading up the Academy.
“He’s helped me out a lot,” said Harry. “He’s given me advice on what to do, like any other player, but obviously, when I go home, he’ll help me and I’m utterly grateful for that.
“He’s only been my coach for the past two years, so I’ve had to prove myself to other people.
“I’ve been at this club since I was about nine years old so it’s an unbelievable moment for me. I’m just looking forward to the new season.
“It’s been a long process, but I’m just happy to have signed my first pro contract.”
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