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Young trio retained by Albion

25 May 2015

Nabi, O'Neil and Daniels handed chance to impress

ALBION are taking up the one-year options on their most senior trio of Academy graduates who are striving for a first team breakthrough.

Striker Adil Nabi, last week named Young Player of the Year by Albion’s official supporters’ clubs, Liam O’Neil and Donervorn Daniels will begin a fresh bid for senior football when the players return next month.

Midfielder O’Neil was earning rave reviews during a loan spell at Scunthorpe before injury shortened his season while central defender Donervorn gleaned valuable experience during loan spells first at Blackpool and then Aberdeen.

They will get a fresh chance to impress Head Coach Tony Pulis when the players gather after their summer breaks although O’Neil will spend the next few weeks recovering from ankle surgery.

Albion have also announced the club’s plans for more of the club’s youth players.

Alex Palmer, who was named in the squad for the Premier League game against Arsenal, stepped up to fill Jack Rose’s goalkeeping berth at Under 21 level and impressed sufficiently to be offered a two year professional contract.

Kyle Howkins has been one of the stars of the Under 21 campaign and has earned a one year professional contract. Callam Jones comes into the same category after missing much of last season with an ACL injury.

Professional contracts have also been offered USA youth international Danny Barbir, goalkeeper Ethan Ross, midfielder Zak Elbouzedi, left back Robbie McCourt and centre back Shaun Donnellan.

Released are striker Alex Jones, who has already earned himself a two-year deal with neighbours Birmingham City, left back Bradley Garmston, centre midfielder Mani O’Sullivan and right back Wez Atkinson.

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