Four Boro youngsters have committed their future to the club by signing first professional contracts. 

Sam Collins, Ben Beals, Afonso Lindo and Frankie Whelan (pictured left to right with manager Chris Wilder, above) have taken the latest step in the journey through our Academy by penning pro deals. 

Collins, 18, is a left-back, while Beals (18), Lindo (17) and Whelan (18) are all central defenders. As well as playing regularly for our Under-18s side this season, all four have made the step up to Under-23 football during the campaign.