Ardley may look to more loans

Huddersfield teenager Jake Charles has signed his first

professional contract with the club on his 17th birthday.

Charles, from the famous Welsh footballing family, has put pen

to paper on a contract that will keep him at the club until the

summer of 2014.

“We’re all really pleased for Jake, he works hard and is a great

prospect,” the club’s Academy manager Mark Lillis told the official


“The opportunity for young players here is so clear and strong

and parents and players can see that.

“We believe the pathways from Academy to professional and

first-team level are – and will continue to be – very


Charles, who joined Town from Garforth Villa as an 11-year-old,

has five Wales Under-17s caps and has scored three goals in 14

games for the club’s Under-18s this season.

The Dons currently have Jesse Darko, Brennan Dickenson, Jonathan

Meades, Neil Sullivan and Gary Alexander on loan.

But Ardley has a host of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s

tough trip to Cheltenham and admits he may have to dip into the

market again next week.

“We need to get through Saturday, see how one or two of the

injuries are and then make some decisions based on that,” he told

the Dons’ website.

“We’ve got one or two we are potentially looking at but it’s got

to be right and we are not just bringing in players for the sake of