ISAIAH Brown has paid tribute to the coaching staff after picking up Albion’s Academy Player of the Season award in a campaign that could still see him make his Barclays Premier League debut.
The 16-year-old midfielder was on the bench for last month’s top-flight clash at Chelsea and Steve Clarke has suggested he would have been involved more had it not been a for a niggling groin problem.
But Brown played 66 minutes on his comeback from injury in the Under-21s’ 1-0 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford last night and will be hoping he is involved at some stage in the Baggies' remaining four top-flight games this term - starting with Wigan on Saturday (ko 3pm).
“It’s been a good season for me,” he said.
“I’ve been playing with the Under-21s, trying to improve every day, with the help of the coaches.
“And with the staff and the players around me hopefully I can get a lot better and progress my career at West Brom.
“Last July I was just thinking about concentrating on getting a place in the youth team.
“But everything happened so quickly and before I knew it I was on the bench at Chelsea.
“I’m thankful to everyone around me.
“I just listen to them and take on board what they say to improve.
“Travelling with the first-team squad is like a dream come true.
“It’s an excellent experience and it just makes me want it more.”