Academy graduate is a lifelong Baggies fan
SAM Field hopes his first professional contract with Albion will be the first of many at the club he has supported all his life.
The 18-year-old midfielder on Wednesday agreed a one-year deal, with a further 12-month option, having emerged through the Academy ranks at The Hawthorns since joining at the age of eight.
And Field, who made his Premier League debut as a substitute against Liverpool on the final day of last season, has been working hard over the summer months in a bid to improve further next season.
“It’s a great honour to agree my first professional deal at the club I support, hopefully it will be the first of many," said Field.
“Last season still hasn’t really sunk in to be honest, I couldn’t have predicted how the year would end.
“But I won’t allow it to sink in, I want to keep going and keep kicking on. It’s a great privilege to make my debut for Albion, but it’s only a stepping stone.
“Coming on in the Liverpool game was something I’ll never forget, being able to play in the Premier League is not very easy. I can be very proud of that.
“There’s been a lot of highs and lows during my 10 years at the club, through my scholarship and around the training ground. There’s been a lot of progression, a lot down to the training - persistently improving and helping me massively. The rewards are paying off and there’s more to come.
“I’ve been in quite a lot actually over the summer, coming in for a bit of running or gym work, keeping myself ticking over and getting ready for the new season.
“I’m raring to go. I’m looking forward to it and ready to get back.
“The way last season went, I can’t tell you what my targets are for next season. I’d love to be playing in Albion’s first team again, it may be that I get more experience on loan, but as long as I’m improving that’s all that matters.”