Swindon Town academy star Joel McGregor has signed his first professional contract with the club after breaking into the side last season.

The 18-year-old defender had a dream last campaign with Swindon, being a core part of the side that made it to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup, and then made five League Two appearances to finish the season.

McGregor has been with Town since under-12 level and will now hope to build on a strong end to last season under new head coach Mark Kennedy.

Upon signing his first professional contract, Joel McGregor told club media: "It's a dream come true to be able to call myself a professional footballer and honestly I couldn't be happier. 

"It's been an incredible season with my teammates, from our progression into the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup to our unbeaten run in the league and my league debut against Sutton, start against Walsall, and home debut against Morecambe. 

"I can't wait for next season and ultimately to get back out playing football in front of the fans and I want to say a massive thank you to everybody who has supported me on the journey so far."

Alongside fellow academy player Harley Hunt, McGregor started the final three games of last season to cap a banner year for the club's academy.

Sean Wood said: "Joel has worked so hard this season and has fully deserved this opportunity to continue his journey at Swindon Town Football Club.

"He started his journey with us at Under-12s and continues his journey within our first team and it's great to see another player who has progressed through our academy into playing for our first team.

"In particular Joel's performances in the FA Youth Cup were at a very high level against some top young international wingers. He has shown he can cope, adapt, and thrive in 1v1 within games and now within the first team.

"A few changes to his game this season have really helped him show his qualities in front of our fans and long may that continue."

Jamie Russell added: "It has been a privilege to observe Joel's development both on and off the pitch over the past three years.

"The dedication and effort demonstrated by Joel, as well as our staff, have not gone unnoticed. Witnessing Joel make his starting league debut against Walsall was a moment of immense pride for the entire staff, Joel himself, and his family."