Atlanta United have signed midfielder Ajani Fortune to a homegrown player contract that kicks off at the start of the 2023 season and runs through the end of 2024, with multiple option years.
Fortune first joined the Major League Soccer side at the academy level in 2018, before working himself up to the team’s USL Championship affiliate Atlanta United 2. He signed an initial USL contract in 2021, and has since made 48 appearances for the team.
“We’re excited to sign Ajani as a Homegrown Player after following his development with our academy and ATL UTD 2,” Atlanta United vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement.
“Ajani’s progression to the first team is a credit to him and the excellent work being done by [academy director] Matt Lawrey and our developmental pathway. He’s a talented midfielder who reads the game very well and has a great work rate. We look forward to him taking the next step of his career.”
He’s recorded three goals for Atlanta United 2, making him a staple of manager Jack Collison’s midfield setup.
“I’m really pleased for Ajani because I’ve seen first-hand how hard he’s worked for this opportunity,” Collison said in a release.
“He brings such energy to his role in the midfield and he’s always taken the chances he’s been given to take the next step in his development, going back to his days in the Academy. He’s earned that next step and I’m ecstatic that it’s here with the club.”