PAUL Tisdale says he expects more youth players at Exeter City to be given contracts following the news that goalkeeper Christy Pym and midfielder Matt Grimes had both been given pro-deals.
Grimes has captained the under-18s this season, and goalkeeper Pym was called onto the bench for February's trip to Burton Albion when Artur Krysiak was injured.
"Both Matt and Christy, with their performances, have earned an opportunity to continue their careers at Exeter," said City manager Tisdale.
"But as I said to them at the time, it is the start of the next opportunity. They certainly can't afford to rest and think they have done it. They have to continue with their work."
Tisdale added that he felt the club's policy of promoting youth players is the right thing to do, but added that youngsters have to work to earn a deal.
"There is certainly a positive view towards young players at the club and we are always trying to bring young players through," he said.
"They have to be good enough though, we don't give contracts easily.
"It is certainly the right thing for the club to promote its own players.
"Christy and Matt are two talented players that have some sort of opportunity to play first team football in a year or two's time. I'd like to think they will be more after them as well, so it is good news for the club and it's what we do and we do very well at it."
Right-back Sam Brown has also been handed a short-term deal.