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Roberts signs Fulham deal

Fulham youngster Patrick Roberts has signed his first professional contract with the club.

The attacking midfielder only turned 17 on Wednesday but he has already impressed at Craven Cottage, helping the Londoners secure the U18s league title last season.

The England U17 international recently scored a hat-trick in the 3-2 FA Youth Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur and that has seen him rewarded with a first deal until at least 2016.

"Pat has made excellent progress and we're pleased with the performances he has been showing," academy director Huw Jennings told the club's official website.

"He knows that he has to continue to work hard, but if he shows the same application, desire and determination, there's no reason why he can't be very successful."