Vimal Yoganathan has become the latest youngster from the Oakwell academy to sign a professional contract – penning a deal until 2026.

Midfielder Yoganathan, who turns 18 on Saturday, has played five times for the first team this season including one start, with appearances in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and EFL Trophy.

Along with Fabio Jalo, the Wales youth player is thought to have attracted some interest from clubs in higher divisions.

Yoganathan signed for Barnsley at under 16 level after seven years in Liverpool’s academy.

Fabio Jalo, Jonathan Bland and Kieren Flavell have also signed professional deals in recent weeks.

Vimal told the club website: "It's an amazing feeling, it's everything I've worked towards these last couple of years since being at the club.

"I couldn't have done any of this without the help of the staff, my teammates and my family and I'm excited about the future at Barnsley."

Interim director of football, Bobby Hassell added: “Vimal joined the club two seasons ago and has since established himself as a star performer for the academy's 18 and 21s squads. He recently made his debut for the first team and gained praise for his aggressive playing style. Vimal possesses a great attitude and a strong desire to continuously learn and improve.

“He excels as an all-around central midfielder, demonstrating his skill in tackling and maintaining possession, while also contributing with goals and assists. Vimal is now part of the increasing list of talented central midfielders emerging from our academy, and we have high expectations that he will make a significant impact on the first team environment in the coming years.”