GEORGE Thorne has joined Championship side Watford on a youth loan until January 2.
Albion retain the right to recall the midfielder after 28 days.
The move should give Thorne the chance to get essential match time under his belt as he steps up his comeback from a long-term knee injury.
Watford, last season’s beaten play-off finalists, are currently seventh in the Championship, just a point outside the play-offs. Thorne could make his Hornets debut at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The Academy graduate last played in the Under-21s’ 2-1 success at Sunderland on Monday.