JOHN Sheridan has made his first signing of the summer, after Oldham Athletic Academy graduate Joe Edwards penned his first professional contract.

The 18-year-old has yet to make his senior debut but was included in a number of matchday squads last season and has regularly joined in with first team training sessions.

And the attacking midfielder is looking forward to the next chapter in his career with his hometown club.

"I’m just buzzing and it’s a dream come true really," said Edwards, who had a short loan spell with Winsford United during the campaign.

"I’ve always wanted to be a professional footballer and I’ve worked really hard to achieve that.

"It makes it even better it’s at my hometown club, as I’ve been to matches over the years with my Dad and remember the crowd and how good they were in those FA Cup games."

Edwards, who played for Greater Manchester Schoolboys and studied at Royton & Crompton before starting his scholarship at Boundary Park, added: “It’s a proud moment for my family and especially my Dad who supports the club and has helped me get to where I am now.

"This is only the start though and the hard work continues this summer to impress everyone and I can’t wait to wear the Oldham shirt again.”

Head of Academy Conor Marlin said: “Joe has shown he has lots of potential during his time with the club. He has an eye for goal and has that final pass which is hard to find.

“I call him ‘Joe the goal’ as he scores so many goals off both feet.

"He is someone the fans will enjoy watching as he is technically very good and will give his all.

"I hope he can have a good pre-season and show Shez and the first team players and staff his level.”