Two of the club’s young scholars have signed their first professional contracts.

Striker Josh Coburn (pictured left), who hails from Richmond, and Middlesbrough-born midfielder Jack Stott (right) have both penned pro deals with the club.

Josh is currently a second-year scholar while Jack is a first year whose professional contract will start this summer.

Academy manager Craig Liddle said: “Josh joined us from Sunderland at U16 level. He’s six-foot three, has an eye for goal, and has had an impressive 18 months. He’s really developed well physically and technically.

“Jack is a Middlesbrough lad who has been with us since the age of seven. He has progressed well through the age groups and has had a fantastic start to his scholarship.

“They are both a great example of what a good attitude, hard work, and application can bring.

“They can also look up to the first team at the players who have progressed from the Academy as a great example of what can be achieved.”

First team boss Neil Warnock has said the Boro Academy is the best he has come across during his 40 years in management.