Kido Taylor-Hart has signed a new contract with Arsenal, signing professional terms after his old deal came to an end this summer.
Arsenal have now confirmed that academy winger Kido Taylor-Hart has signed a new contract with the club. As it’s his first professional deal, it’s no surprise that reports suggest it’s a three-year deal, the standard maximum length for a first pro deal.
Taylor-Hart told Arsenal: “It’s a good feeling! I’ve been at the club for a long time, so I’m proud. It’s a proud moment for me.
“I support this club so obviously I want to play for the club and spend as much time here as possible and hopefully progress into the first team!”
Football.London initially broke the news that Taylor-Hart was set to sign a new long-term contract with Arsenal last month. Negotiations reportedly began back in March, but amid plenty of interest from elsewhere, he’s decided to commit his future.
There were evidently some delays to the signing, so Taylor-Hart watched on for the first couple of u23 pre-season friendlies from the stands. His old contract came to an end in June, so he was technically a free agent.
Taylor-Hart was Arsenal’s top scorer for the academy last season, with 11 goals for the year between his appearances for the u18s and the u23s – though Folarin Balogun scored more goals if you include first-team appearances as well.
The winger also provided five assists, and he finished the season in strong form. He scored three of his u23 goals in Arsenal’s final five games of the season, right when the Gunners needed all the help they could get to avoid relegation.
As well as out wide, Taylor-Hart can play in the middle, and he could form a dangerous attack along with new signing Mika Biereth and the likes of Omari Hutchinson already in the u23s.