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Toronto FC followed suit with a series of other MLS clubs by signing a home grown player. Doneil Henry becomes the first home grown player signed to a professional contract by Toronto.

The 17-year-old defender has already appeared for Toronto three times, including a game in the CONCACAF Champions League and a friendly against Bolton.

“This is very big day for Toronto FC,” said manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston. “When we started the Academy – this is what we ultimately wanted to accomplish, bring a young player on board and into the first team. Obviously Doneil has worked very hard under both Stuart and Jason in the Academy and he deserves this opportunity. We are excited to welcome him into the team.”

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