A TEENAGE footballing prodigy from Denbighshire has signed a new two-year professional deal with the English Football League (EFL) club he represents.

Charlie Caton has extended his stay at the Montgomery Waters Meadow with EFL League One side Shrewsbury Town.

The 18-year-old attacker is the son of long-serving Bala Town FC manager Colin Caton and is a former pupils of Ruthin's Ysgol Brynhyfryd School.

The left footed player's career started out at Ruthin Rovers before signing for Wrexham's academy at the age of eight years old.

He then joined the Shrewsbury Academy as an U16 and has swiftly progressed at the club and was the U18s side's top goal scorer last year, bagging more than 20 goals.

He has also represented Wales at various youth levels.

During the 20/21 season, Caton has been in and around the first team, training regularly with Steve Cotterill's side.

He made his debut in the 4-3 Papa John's Trophy win over Crewe Alexandra in November and, in April, made his EFL debut when he replaced Daniel Udoh and came on for the last 13 minutes in Shrewsbury's 2-0 loss at home to Doncaster Rovers.

Speaking on Caton after he signed his deal, the club's first-team coach and academy director, David Longwell said: "Charlie is a natural goal-scorer and he did well last year. He was involved with the first-team regularly and that has done him well. We are hoping he can kick on now. He needs to come in during pre-season and show the Manager what he's got to offer. He's a great lad and he's very respectful. We are now trying to push him because he's got so much more potential."