Derby County youngster Dajaune Brown has put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the Rams, signing a three-year deal which will run until the summer of 2026.

The striker has been training with the first team squad during pre-season, impressing Paul Warne enough to earn a pro deal.

Brown featured 12 times for Derby’s Under-18 and Under-21 sides in league action last season after missing the first half of the campaign due to injury.

He scored ten goals in his limited number of appearances, proving to be a real bright spark as the focal point of the Rams’ front line.

With a seemingly bright future ahead of him, the 17-year-old is a physical presence up top alongside boasting impressive speed and technical ability.

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Derby have proven in recent years that their academy stars will get a chance in the first team should they warrant it, Brown will be hoping he is the next from the Moor Farm production line to make his mark at Pride Park.

He did make the bench for the Rams’ first team during the last campaign after his eye-catching performances during training, although he failed to make it onto the pitch during the 2-0 defeat to West Ham United in the FA Cup.

Could Brown break into the first team fold?

Warne’s men are lacking in the striker department with the League One season set to kick off in just five days, so there may be a real opportunity for the talented teenager to test himself in the third tier.

James Collins and Conor Washington are the only two senior options at present, though it is likely that Derby will add to that group before the transfer window draws to a close.

Brown is bound to make his debut this season, so might he be the next big thing to come out of the academy?

We shall have to wait and see.