Blues' Mutch signs first pro deal

29 April 2009 11:39
Birmingham City midfielder Jordon Mutch has signed his first professional contract with the club. The 17-year-old England under-17 international did enough to earn a deal despite missing most of the season with a foot injury. "My target is to get in the first team and get a few games under my belt," Mutch told the club's website. "I am looking forward to next season after a big year this season. It's been hard but I'm looking to progress on." Mutch is Blues' second youngest debutant ever, appearing as a substitute in the Carling Cup tie against Southampton last August when he was aged 16 years and 268 days. Only Trevor Francis played at a younger age. Academy manager Terry Westley has overseen Mutch's development since he moved to St Andrew's from Derby County in 2007, and sees a great deal of promise in the youngster. "We have an outstanding prospect on our hands - one of the top young midfielders in the country," Westley noted. "We're delighted that he's decided to sign a contract - this shows the faith of the football club and the board of directors." Mutch's deal follows hard on the heels of the first professional contract signed by 17-year old Academy graduate Mitch McPike.

Source: BBC_Sport