VANI Da Silva says he will "give everything for the shirt" after signing a contract extension at Boundary Park.

The versatile forward, who has come through the club's youth ranks, has had his initial short-term deal extended by a further 18 months, after impressing head coach Keith Curle with this attitude and work ethic in the early part of the season.

Da Silva made his debut in September 2020, coming off the bench to replace Bobby Grant in the last minute of Latics' 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Carlisle United.

He later featured in the Papa John's Trophy win at Bradford the following December, before joining non-league neighbours Curzon Ashton on loan, in the Vanarama National League.

Since graduating from Oldham's Academy, pacy Da Silva has made five appearances so far this season, in all competitions, and has been awarded new terms by Curle.

On agreeing his new deal until the summer of 2023, the 18-year-old said: "I'm really pleased to get this done and after being part of the first team, training with them everyday and then being given the opportunity recently to play under Keith, it's only going to give me the confidence to keep improving."

Da Silva is one of a number of youth team products to make an impact on the senior squad in the last two seasons, with Harry Vaughan fast-tracked last term, and second year scholar Benny Couto getting his first team breakthrough ahead of schedule this season, while first year pro Junior Luamba has also impressed.

"I've got to keep working hard and having other young players who have come through the Academy alongside me is a huge boost," Da Silva added.

"We've been given a chance to impress and we'll give everything for the shirt so fans can be proud of us."

Interim head of Academy Conor Marlin said he was delighted for Da Silva, and others, to find a pathway to the first team.

"Vani is someone we think has a bright future," he said.

"This contract shows the potential we all think Vani has as a first year pro. He has impressed Keith so far and I’m sure he will go on to establish himself as a regular at the club.

"As an Academy we are delighted to see the young players get a chance with the first team."