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Field keen to grasp next first-team opportunity

Teenager made his Baggies bow on final day of last season

SAM Field is determined to pick up where he left off when he gets his next chance to shine for Albion's first team.

Field, 18, made his first competitive senior start for Albion in last month's EFL Cup second-round tie at Northampton, completing 120 minutes at Sixfields.

He subsequently started both Premier League matches against Middlesbrough and AFC Bournemouth, as well as featuring twice for England's Under-19 side, before being rested by head coach Tony Pulis for the 4-2 victory over West Ham United.

The Academy graduate subsequently returned to Albion's matchday 18 as an unused substitute in Saturday's dramatic 1-1 draw at Stoke City.

And Field, who completed 90 minutes amid a strong Baggies starting XI in Monday night's Premier League 2 win over the Potters, is keen to grasp with both hands the next opportunity he gets for Albion's first team.

FIELD IN ACTION: The teenager lined up in Premier League 2 against Stoke on Monday night

Asked whether he felt he had lost any momentum from being rested, Field said: "No I don’t think so at all.

"Obviously I was a little bit disappointed because I wanted to play. But the gaffer is doing it for a reason.

"He’s managing me long-term and I thank him for that. I’m a young lad.

"To be 18 and disappointed not to be starting for the first team, something must be right.

"Hopefully I’ll come back later in the season and kick on from where I left off and just keep doing what I was doing."