The last couple of days has seen West Brom tie down a handful of their brightest academy stars to new contracts the Hawthorns.

Finn Azaz confirmed he had put pen-to-paper on a new deal, with the Birmingham Mail also sharing that Finley Thorndike and Toby King had followed suit.

The report claimed that the academy duo are two of the brightest talents around the club, and have signed their first professional deals.

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Thorndike has particularly impressed in the Midlands this season, with the attacking-minded midfielder finally rewarded.

The 18-year-old has scored eight goals in his 16 appearances this season and could look to secure a loan move in the near future to continue his development.

One of those to send Thorndike a message after the news was Birmingham’s Jude Bellingham, congratulating one of his close friends.

“Congrats, bro,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account.

The Birmingham sensation celebrated his 17th birthday on Monday and has caught the attention of the likes of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund in his breakthrough Championship season.

West Brom will be hoping that Thorndike could break into their team with a similar impact at some point in the next couple of years.

The Baggies do like to send their young talents out on loan first, with Callum Morton the latest to benefit from a temporary switch to Northampton.

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Morton scored at Wembley on Monday, as the Cobblers secured promotion to League One with a 4-0 win over Exeter.

Thorndike could be the next to get his chance, with Morton proving that it could be very smart to send him out for a season.

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