Jackson Smith signs first professional contract

Promising goalkeeper Jackson Smith has signed his first professional contract at Wolves after progressing through the club’s youth system.

The 17-year-old has been with Wolves since the age of eight, having signed his first registration in April 2010, and has featured for Darren Ryan’s under-18s this season.

Smith, who has agreed terms until 2021, was between the sticks for recent U18 Premier League fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers.

On Monday the youngster graced the Molineux surface as Wolves were narrowly beaten by Wigan Athletic in the FA Youth Cup.

Off the pitch, Smith is very academically driven and attended the club’s partner school, Thomas Telford. Last year he became the first Wolves apprentice to attain the highest possible mark in GCSE maths – grade nine.

He is also the first Wolves Academy recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, in memory of Mick Shaw, for attainment on and off the pitch in 2017.

Smith will join the rest of the under-18 squad who on Friday travel to Japan to compete in the J-League under-17 tournament.