Youngster Wood signs new deal

Last updated : 27 May 2009 By Iain Bate - Wba-mad Editor

New Zealand international Chris Wood has capped a remarkable season by signing his first professional contract at the club. The 17-year-old, who jets off for the Confederations Cup in South Africa soon, has penned a two-year deal, plus a further two years in the club's favour.

The Auckland born forward only joined Albion's academy last summer and has made a dramatic rise through the ranks making two Premier League substitute appearances and became Albion's youngest player since Bobby Hope half a century ago.

"I'm delighted that Chris has been rewarded with his contract," Manager Tony Mowbray said.

"Hopefully, he's the first of a handful of young players who will be signing pro contracts over the summer.

"We feel the future is very bright for the players who are now starting to emerge from the Academy, some of whom were on the bench at Blackburn on Sunday.

"There's a real positive feeling coming from the Academy. We possess some young, talented individuals.

"They've all got a lot of hard work ahead of them but they'll hopefully have bright futures in the game."