England Youth internationals Hayden Coulson and Aynsley Pears have been handed new deals while teenage striker Tyrone O’Neill has signed his first professional contract.

The 19-year-old Coulson, a member of Boro’s double-winning Under-18 team three years ago, has established himself as a regular in the Under-23s this season after missing the start of the campaign due to an injury sustained while with the first team squad in pre-season.

Goalkeeper Pears, who has been with the club since the age of nine, also featured regularly for the U23s before joining Darlington on loan earlier this year. The 19-year-old has impressed with the Quakers and was handed an England U20s call-up last month.

Academy manager Craig Liddle said: “The new contracts are deserved reward for the players and will allow them to continue their development.

“Hayden and Aynsley have come through the system here, they are two well-grounded lads, and it’s important they keep working hard and continue making progress.”

Striker O’Neill, who hails from Middlesbrough, has been rewarded with his first pro deal after impressing at Under-18 level during his scholarship. He has bagged six goals for the U18s this season and has also found the net for the U23s.

“A first professional contract is a huge moment for any footballer, and I’m delighted for Tyrone,” added Liddle.

“He has worked hard over the past couple of years to earn this opportunity, and it’s important that he continues to do that

“We’ve been very pleased with the progress Tyrone has made, not just with the U18s but also with the step-up to the U23s.”