Young duo turn pro as Vermijl signing confirmed
Posted by nickogs20 on July 4, 2010
United have confirmed the signing of Belgian teenager Marnick Vermijl from Standard Liege and the award of professional contracts to goalkeeper Conor Devlin and striker John Cofie.
We brought news of Vermijl’s signing back in March and the club have now officially confirmed the arrival of the 18 year-old defender. No further details have been given, but assuming the information back in March was correct, Vermijl joins on a three-year deal worth €100,000 a year, with United paying Standard €220,000. Versatile enough to play anywhere across the back-line, the teenager is highly-rated in his homeland and his progress this season – most likely as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserve squad – will be extremely interesting to monitor.
Devlin being handed a professional contract is no surprise, the Northern Irishman having impressed over his two-year scholarship. After 36 appearances for the academy, the 18 year-old keeper will move up to reserve level this season and will expect to substantially build on his two appearances under Solskjaer so far, with the number one jersey for the second string very much his to lose. Cofie turning pro is a little more unexpected, the Ghana-born forward being only a year into his scholarship and having had an up-and-down first full season in the U18s, but with the majority of his fellow new second years having signed pro forms already, his new deal is further evidence of just how highly-rated this particular crop is.