18-year-old midfield prospect Adam Randell has signed his first professional contract with the club.
Adam joined the Academy as a nine-year-old, and the Plymstock-native is understandably delighted that a decade’s dedication has seen his childhood dream realised at Home Park.
“It feels amazing, it’s everything I have been working towards since I was little,” said Adam immediately after signing his professional terms on Tuesday. “Growing up I supported Argyle so it’s a big achievement for me.”
Adam enjoyed a break-through year last season, which included a first competitive start in the Checkatrade Trophy in November. Derek Adams fielded a young side in the final group game of the competition against Newport County at Rodney Parade. Although the youngsters went down 2-0 against the more experienced Exiles, Randell evidenced enough ability to impress the decision-makers at the Theatre of Greens.
Randell possesses a wide range of passing ability, and a notable eye for goal from dead-ball scenarios. Impressive showings in the Premier League Cup, Central League and Peninsula League have seen him net several eye-catching goals.
“I love taking free-kicks, its one of my favourite things to practice. Hopefully if I can continue to do that I can become a bit of a specialist,” said Randell. “I don’t know the exact number [of free-kicks I’ve scored], five or six I think."
Adam hopes to use his professional status as a platform in the coming weeks and months under the guidance of new manager Ryan Lowe.
“It’s a really exciting time for the club. He [Lowe] has got really high hopes for what the club can achieve - hopefully we move through the leagues,” said Randell. “If I’m lucky, then I’ll be a part of that.”
“Success in a year, for me, will be to have broken into the first team. There’s nothing there to stop me as long as I work hard and put everything into it.
“I’d love to play in front of the fans in a home game - that would be a dream.”