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Premier League debut on Wilson’s radar

Young defender recently signed first professional contract

KANE Wilson has his sights set on appearing for Albion in the Premier League after penning his first professional contract.

The youngster has agreed a new deal at The Hawthorns which keeps him with the Baggies until the summer of 2019.

Wilson has impressed during the 2016/17 campaign, completing a full pre-season with the senior squad and, most notably, coming off the bench to make his debut in the EFL Cup defeat away at Northampton back in August.

The defender finds himself on the fringes of Tony Pulis’ first team squad and the promising 17-year-old is eager to show what he can do in England’s elite division.

“I’d love to make my Premier League debut for the Albion,” said Wilson.

“I’ve had a good season so far and playing in the Premier League would be the next target to tick off.

“It’s been a whirlwind of a season if I am being totally honest.

“At the start of the year I could never have imagined that it would have gone so well.

“I went to Austria and Holland with the senior squad and then I made my debut at Northampton.

“They say that everything happens for a reason and I’m hoping signing this contract is the next step to becoming an established Premier League player.

“It’s a dream come true for my family and I.

“When I was seven and I joined the academy my goal was to become a professional footballer and I am delighted to have a signed my first professional contract here.”

Fellow academy products Jonathan Leko, Sam Field and Tyler Roberts were all handed Premier League debuts by Tony Pulis during the 2015/16 season and Wilson believes he and other youngsters at the club can use that as encouragement.

“I’ve seen Leko, Sam and Tyler all make their Premier League debuts and it’s encouraging for me and the other young lads at Albion.

“We all want to become Premier League footballers so it’s good to see players being given the chances to show what they can do.

“The gaffer has been brilliant with me and he has shown me that there is a pathway to the senior team if I work hard.

“Players like Darren Fletcher and Jonny Evans have also been great with me.”