Ted Jenks is Brighton’s powerhouse English midfield starlet who has been fast-tracked to train with first team

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TED JENKS is only just old enough to pay income tax but is already training with Brighton’s Premier League stars.

The midfielder signed a pro contact with The Seagulls in the summer – as a Year 11 schoolboy – and is already being catapulted through the ranks as one of the club’s hottest prospects.

Ted Jenks in action for Brighton’s academy team
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Midfielder Jenks, 16, is a first year scholar but first team boss Chris Hughton spotted the towering midfielder’s talent and has given the budding star’s confidence a major boost by promoting him to workout alongside the biggest names at Albion.

At 6ft 3in tall and with a style that shows faint echoes in style of Liverpool’s legendary skipper Steven Gerrard, Jenks has ticked every box so far.

A tireless runner and intelligent passer with a frame built for endurance and with goals in his game too, he is not the finished article of course but the potential has shone through,

Jenks has been captain of England Under-15s and U-216s and is now setting his sights on next summer’s U-17s Euro finals as the latest impressive step along his blossoming career path.