Oxford United goalkeeper Max Harris has signed his first professional contract with the club.
Max,19, joined the club as a scholar and has kept goal for both the under 18s and under 23 sides as well as appearing for the first team this pre-season. He has now signed a unique deal which will see him play for the U’s while continuing his education at Hartpury College.
Academy Manager Dan Harris explains:
“Max is a fantastic lad who has made huge progress here and first and foremost he completely deserves the chance to become a professional goalkeeper because he has undoubted ability and trains very hard every day.But he is also an academically minded young man and we put great stock in education for our scholars. Education remains one of our core principles. We believe we have found a way for him to continue in higher education while also training and playing for us, and we thank Hartpury for their help in setting this up.”
Max told us
“I have loved every minute since I came to the club. All of the coaches have been brilliant with me and there is a strong goalkeepers’ union here under Wayne Brown who is an exceptional coach. My aim is to push myself all the way because the dream has always been to be a goalkeeper, but I also want to continue my studies and I am so grateful that Dan and the Academy staff have helped me sort that side of things out.
“Now it’s a case of making sure I make the most of this opportunity."