Chaplow signs first pro contract

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Burnley midfielder Richard Chaplow has put pen-to-paper on his first-ever professional contract at Turf Moor.

The 18-year-old has agreed a three year contract with the Clarets, which will run until the summer of 2006.

The Accrington-born ace has been a scholar at the club since the start of the 2001/02 campaign following many years at the clubs Centre Of Excellenceand his scholarship wasnt due to expire until the end of the season.

Chaplow made his firstappearance for the Clarets as a substitutein a First Division game at Norwich City earlier this year in April and has been involved with the first team squad ever since.

He made his full debutin a game with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground last season.

He then scored his first league goal for the Club inthe 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Turf Moor recently.

I'm delighted to have signed, he said, moments after the ink dried on his new contract.

Ive supported the club since I was a young lad and I've been here through the Centre Of Excellence for many years.

Ive been with the Club since I was about eight years old and it's been great to be involved in the first team here and it's something Ive wanted to do all my life.