An exciting young talent, Rico Richards has been at the Club since he was a seven-year-old.
The month before his 17th birthday, Rico signed a new three-year contract at The Hawthorns, as the Baggies fought off interest from a string of rival clubs.
One of the Academy’s brightest young prospects, Rico has become an increasingly-coveted talent in Academy football and has already trained with Slaven Bilić’s first team squad.
In the 2019/20 campaign, he represented Albion's under-16s, 18s and 23s, as well as England at youth level, in addition to partnering an impressed Charlie Austin in some first-team training games.
At 16, Rico made eight appearances for Albion Under-18s, five of which were starts, scoring three. He also represented the Baggies’ PL2 side, playing 48 minutes of their 3-1 win against Fulham.
Rico has played for England Under-16s and in January his promise and progress saw Slaven Bilić name him in the matchday squad for the Baggies’ 1-0 win against Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup.
And the buzz around his potential was raised a level when Rico scored a hat-trick to inspire Peter Gilbert’s side to a thrilling 5-3 victory against Manchester United in the U18 Premier League Cup in November.