Arsenal have confirmed Brooke Norton-Cuffy’s first professional contract with the club, posting the announcement on Thursday afternoon.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy with the Arsenal academy (Photo via Norton-Cuffy on Instagram)
Brooke Norton-Cuffy with the Arsenal academy (Photo via Norton-Cuffy on Instagram)

Arsenal wrote on Thursday that Brooke Norton-Cuffy had signed his first professional contract with the club. They called him a ‘powerful and technical’ right-back, and highlighted his strong record at u23 level so far, winning four of his five games at that level.

Arsenal Youth revealed Norton-Cuffy was signing a professional deal earlier in the week, after he turned 17 and became eligible for one.

Norton-Cuffy wrote on Instagram that he’s ‘delighted’ and ‘blessed’ to have the chance to sign professional terms with Arsenal. He thanked his family, friends, and coaches for helping him get the opportunity, and added that it’s ‘just the beginning’.

Due to a number of loans and injuries in the first half of the season, Norton-Cuffy got a surprise early promotion to the u23s for a few games.

He only made his u18 debut in October, but he’s now up to five appearances for the top academy side too (and one for the u21s).

The defender’s positivity and strength on the ball quickly catch your eye. He’s confident to knock the ball past you and battle for space, and he’s making some good chances.

The teenager looks like one for Arsenal’s future if he keeps developing as he has been. We previously highlighted him as one to watch in the academy.

There’s a long way to go and a lot of competition at right-back right now, but he’s earned his new deal.