Worthing Academy defender Luca Cocoracchio has joined Brighton & Hove Albion.
The centre-back, who is one of a number of emerging talents on Worthing's Education Programme - which is in its first year - has impressed Albion scouts.
Adam Hinshelwood handed Cocoracchio his Worthing first-team debut in the Velocity Trophy earlier this month.
And now the talented defender has signed a deal with Albion, which will see him link up with Mark Beard's under-18 side initially.
Luca's father, Dave, was understandably delighted at his son being awarded a contract at a Premier League club.
Posting on Twitter, Dave wrote: "We can’t tell you how very proud we are of our son Luca who has signed a contract for Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
"This is reward for his perseverance and commitment and he so deserves this very special moment!!"
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