GEORGE Jeacock has signed his first professional contract with Oxford United.

The 18-year-old, who has been with the club since joining in the under seven age group, impressed for the U’s youth team during the last campaign.

The young striker was top-scorer for the club’s under 18 side and caught the eye of United head coach Michael Appleton.

Jeacock, who hails from Bicester, had loan spells with Farnborough and Didcot Town last season, and is able to play up front or on either wing.

“It’s a dream come true and something I have worked hard for,” he said.

“A lot of people have helped me along the way and I’m grateful to all the coaches, and people who have offered advice, especially Andy Whing and Leon Blackmore-Such last season.

“I will work hard through the summer so I am ready to come back in pre-season and try and make the most of what I know is a fantastic opportunity.”

Appleton said Jeacock had made his mark when joining in with the senior professionals last season.

“He is very raw and there is plenty for him to work on but he has a good attitude, he has pace and an eye for goal,” United’s boss said.

“He has impressed us when he has trained with the first team and played in under 21 games.

“He is another very promising young player who we look forward to working with next season.”

Meanwhile, Freddie Grant, one of five players released by United earlier this week, is set to join Oxford City.

The teenager tweeted: “Delighted to be signing for @OxCityFC.

“Looking forward to working with @JustinMerritt1 and the squad next season.”