Both 18, Ogungbo and Ejeheri made 14 and 13 appearances respectively for the club’s under-18s last season giving them a good platform to make the jump to under-23 level in the years ahead.
“To be able to extend my time here is a real honour and I’m really excited for what the future holds here,” said Ireland youth international Ogungbo.
“It’s a very, very special day for me,” said Ovie. “My mum and my dad, they’ve helped me from my whole career, taking me to training, even when it was very, very hard for them, so it’s a good moment for me and them. I’m really excited to keep this journey going.”
Earlier this week, exciting winger Kido Taylor-Hart also signed his first professional contract.
In terms of outgoings, yesterday it was announced that 19-year-old keeper Tom Smith would be spending the 2021/22 season with Welling United in the National League South. He’s the second keeper, after Deyan Iliev, to secure a move away this summer.
Ejeheri is a good prospect but wonder if another of the U23 goalkeepers might go on loan – four seems too many especially if Okonkwo could possibly be involved as well.
— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) August 4, 2021
Given the number of young keepers on the books, resident youth expert Jeorge Bird expects another to follow them out the door; James Hillson, Hubery Graczyk and Karl Hein are the three candidates.