Sheffield Wednesday academy graduate Preslav Borukov has signed his first professional contract following an impressive season in the Under-23s.
The 18-year-old found his opportunities limited in his first year, but made significant progress during the 2017-18 campaign, featuring 15 times for the Under-18s and establishing himself as a regular in the Under-23 side, making 25 outings in total.
The Bulgarian youth international told the club website: “I’m really happy and I’ve worked really hard for the two years in my scholarship. I’m happy to be a professional footballer at Sheffield Wednesday, my target now is to reach the first team.”
Borukov caught the eye with a hat-trick against Crewe Alexandra in March and continued that fine form on the international scene at the start of June with goals against Macedonia and Georgia for Bulgaria’s Under-18 team.
“Last season was a great experience, I had the pleasure to play with good players in the Under-23s,” he said. “I want to lead as an example of what it means to be a professional football player and now I need to follow the first team players and learn from them.
“I want to thank Sheffield Wednesday for giving me the opportunity to prove myself in England and giving me the chance to play.
“I also want to thank all the staff at the club for their support. And I want to thank my team mates because without them helping me I wouldn’t be here now signing my first professional contract.
“The staff have helped me a lot, when I was 16 I left my parents, my home and my friends in Bulgaria. So when I came here the people helped me a lot and they’ve made me a better player.”