Yeovil Town's Youth Team goalkeeper Matt Cafer has been given his first professional contract with the club. The 18 year old, who was brought into the club after playing in Weymouth's junior ranks, has been given a six month deal for the first half of the 2013-14 season, doubtless with the aim of seeing how he responds to the day-to-day rigours of a professional regime.
Matt already has a degree of exposure to that, given that he sat on the bench as a substitute goalkeeper in November 2011, when Marek Stech (then on loan) was called up to the Czech Republic Under-21s side, leaving a gap in the goalkeeper ranks. He was also included in the party that travelled up to Wembley Stadium on Sunday, albeit without making the final named team, and has been training with the first team in recent weeks.
He has confirmed his contractual status via his Twitter account, saying: "I'm delighted to have agreed a six month professional contact at Yeovil Town. Can't wait until next season now."
As yet the club have not published their released/retained list following Sunday's 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final win. However, manager Gary Johnson has already made it fairly clear that midfield pair Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson will get offered new deals, and since the Wembley victory has strongly hinted that the main players that got the team to the Championship will be given a chance to prove themselves at the new level. Thus for any guesses on what the released list might look like, it's most likely that this will come from fringe players who have struggled to get into the starting eleven in recent months.
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