Published: 13:00, 11 July 2014 |
Updated: 14:13, 11 July 2014
Academy midfielder Leo Mazzone has signed a two-year contract at Ebbsfleet United.
The 17-year-old, who made his debut in last season's Kent Senior Cup final, becomes the 21st member of manager Steve Brown's first-team squad for 2014-15.
Brown said: "I have been hugely impressed with the progress Leo has made in the past year and of course I gave him his first-team debut in the Kent Senior Cup Final and he performed exceptionally well.
"He has been with the first team during pre-season training and he has shown me enough to convince me that he can have a bright future in the game. He still has a lot to learn but if he continues to work hard and apply himself he will reap the rewards that will bring."
Academy manager Daryl McMahon added: "This is a fantastic boost for the academy and demonstrates to all our young players that the opportunity is there for them to progress through to the first team.
"I am very pleased for Leo who is a great lad. He has worked very hard on his game and fully deserves this contract."
Ebbsfleet were due to visit VCD Athletic on Saturday for their first pre-season friendly but the game has been called off because of a waterlogged pitch.
Brown's side host Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, July 19.
Delighted with the opportunity I've been given, time to work harder.— Leonardo Giovanni (@LeonardoGiova15) July 11, 2014
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
We have four editions of our Kent Homes, Gardens and Interiors magazine for you to read. Click here to view them all.