TYLER Goodrham has been offered his first professional contract by Oxford United.

The 17-year-old midfielder became the U's youngest-ever player when he came on as a substitute against Crawley Town in the EFL Trophy in November 2019.

Goodrham was just 16 years and 98 days old when he broke the record, which was surpassed by striker Gatlin O'Donkor against Forest Green Rovers in the same competition last December.

Injury has prevented the teenager building on his appearance against Crawley, but he has impressed for United's Under 21s this term.

“He is a really bright player, he has an energy and he makes things happen around the box," Under 18s coach Chris Hackett told the club's official website.

“It has been a tough year for the scholars, and for Tyler in particular because he got injured in the FA Youth Cup against Wimbledon and was out for a while.

"But he fought back, he is fully fit and we think he deserves his chance to show what he can do.”

Of the other second-year scholars, goalkeeper Kie Plumley remains with United as his scholarship runs until January.

But Damian Niemczycki, Trey Grant, Sam Johnson, Jack Gardner and Callum Crook will not be offered professional contracts when the season ends.