Haverfordwest County AFC are delighted to announce that Jacob Owen has put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the club.

The 19-year-old has agreed an 18-month deal with the Bluebirds, which will see him continue his development at the Ogi Bridge Meadow for at least the next year and a half.

A former member of the Swansea City academy setup, Jacob attended Bradfield College in Reading between 2021 and 2023, and captained the football team during his time there.

Having completed his time in college across the border, Jacob returned to Wales this year to start an accountancy apprenticeship. He joined the academy system at the club in September, with his first game being the 3-1 win over Pontardawe Town in the Cymru Premier Development League South.

A week later, he was named in the senior squad for the first time for our visit to reigning champions The New Saints, and the young defender has been a regular part of matchday squads ever since.

Jacob Owen in action for Haverfordwest County
Jacob Owen in action for Haverfordwest County. (Pic by John Smith/FAW)

His first team debut came during the 3-0 victory over Aberystwyth Town at the Ogi Bridge Meadow at the end of September, as he made a cameo off the bench.

After making two further substitute appearances in the wins over Colwyn Bay and Ammanford, Jacob made his full debut in the 2-1 victory away at high-flying Connah’s Quay Nomads, turning in a hugely impressive display against an experienced and free-scoring Nomads side.

In total, Jacob has made nine first team appearances in all competitions this season, along with 10 development team outings, and we’re looking forward to having him with us for at least the next 18 months and seeing how he continues to develop and grow as a footballer!

Commenting on the news, manager Tony Pennock said: “Jacob is another one of our youngsters who’s done exceptionally well this year. We’ve got several of them that have done well, and I’m hoping that he’ll have a long career.

“He’s signed for 18 months, so he’s a big part of my plans going forward.”