Bermudan teenager Tevahn Tyrell has put pen to paper on a one year deal which will keep him at Ilkeston for the 2016/17 season.
Tyrell arrived from Bermuda in July 2015 and took his place in the Ilkeston FC Academy.
His performances and goals in the Under 21, Central Conference and College league sides impressed enough for him to make his Ilkeston FC first team debut when he came on as a substitute in the away defeat at Buxton.
Four days later he made his home debut against Rushall Olympic, again as a substitute and repaid the faith in him by scoring a superb individual goal as Ilkeston ran out 4-1 winners.
After signing, Tevahn said: “Signing a pro contract is a big accomplishment in my life and I have to thank everybody who’s ever helped me on my way towards this. My friends and family back in Bermuda see this as the first step of me becoming the another Nahki Wells or Shaun Goater and I’m just trying to do my best because the sky’s the limit.”
“I’m really thankful to the club for having faith in me and see that I can move forward to become a better player. I just need to put my head down and work hard, being a pro footballer is what I’ve been dreaming of and this is the first step in the right direction.”
On scoring his first goal for Ilkeston FC: “That has given me a lot of confidence, it showed me that I can play and score at this level. I felt comfortable and treated it as just any other game.”