Academy recognised on international stage

KYLE Edwards has hailed the 'Albion DNA' after a host of Academy prospects represented England this week.

October's international break saw the 20-year-old attacker make his maiden appearance for England U20s, with four more Baggies also representing the Young Lions.

And Kyle confirms England's way is the Albion way.

"We're brought up here to play out from the back, play through the thirds, to do our stuff going forward, take on players," Kyle said.

"The work of the Academy is being seen on a national level. With England we play the same way.

"The DNA that we've taken on in the First Team this season is the same style of play."

The Dudley-born youngster is able to proudly call himself one of the First Team after a whirlwhind opening to the campaign saw him make his senior Albion debut, score his first goal before getting his first taste of Championship action in the 4-1 victory over Reading.

"It's been a long time in the making," Kyle smiled.

"I've been here for ages now so to make my league debut, along with the cup games, is important and exciting.

"I just wanted to impact the game as much as I can. At right wing-back it's a hard game, up and down. But anywhere I can get onto the pitch I'll relish!

"To try and find a way into the team is hard. Ask any younger player that. If the gaffer wants me to play there then that's what I'll do.

"I've learned a lot about the defensive side of the game, as well as how to influence things going forward.

"The other players are helping me with my positioning, movements to get in behind. They all help me each and every day in training. They're all good to me so thanks to them."

But our young prospect isn't pinching himself when he steps out to train with some of football's big names. He's earned his place at the top table.

Kyle added: "I feel like I've done enough to get into this group. I just have to take my chance when I'm with them every day in training.

"I'm happy and settled now. I had a spell in the first team a couple of years ago but got injured. This is my longest spell there. I'm comfortable and ready to play.

"Having Darren and Jimmy is a big help. They push me to be better. They give me confidence and tell me to express myself."

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