Harrogate Town’s 18-year-old centre backs Dan Hartley and Harry Clark have signed non-contract terms with the club.
Both have been regulars with Josh Falkingham’s unbeaten U23 side this season, with Hartley also representing Tadcaster Albion and Clark Knaresborough Town reserves.
The duo have impressed enough to become the first youth players to sign deals with the first team since Toby Lees and Marcus Day, and the first since Town have operated as a full-time club.
Hartley and Clark were both included in Saturday’s matchday squad as Town travelled to Darlington in the FA Trophy and booked their place in the next round.
“I’m delighted for Dan and Harry, it’s fully deserved given the season they have been having,” commented U23s manager and first-team captain Josh Falkingham.
“Everyone around my U23s squad has been buzzing since we found out.”