RIVERVALLEY Rangers and Malahide United graduate Val Adedokun has signed his first professional contract with Dundalk FC.
The 16-year-old, who is Leaving Cert year at Colaiste Choilm in Swords, flourished for the club’s academy teams since arriving from Malahide in 2017.
His form with the young Lilywhites earned him a place in the Republic of Ireland Under-15 squad for their friendly games against Cyprus in 2018 and he is currently on the standby list for the upcoming U17 double-header with Switzerland next month.
He signed his new contract on Monday night and speaking to DundalkFC.com, Lilywhites manager Vinny Perth said that Adedokun’s progression was an indication of the work being done at underage level at Oriel Park.
“I’m very happy that Val has signed his first professional contract with the club,” said Perth. “He is a young player who has been with us for a couple of years now and it shows you the value of our Academy set up.
“The coaches we have in charge of our underage teams are excellent. They deserve massive credit for bringing a player like Val through to the professional ranks and we hope there are many more like him to follow.”
A sixth-year student at Colaiste Choilm Swords, Val is currently studying for his Leaving Cert and Perth said that the teenager’s education would take priority over his football for the next few months.
“We’re very excited about Val but what we have agreed with his parents is that his focus over the next couple of months will be his Leaving Cert. After that, he can move on and dedicate himself fully to his football.