West Brom striker Callum Morton has suggested that he will have to wait and see what his future holds at the club.
The 20-year-old has been in red hot form for League Two outfit Northampton Town since signing on loan in January, and has eight goals in 12 outings.
That tally includes a strike in the 4-0 win over Exeter City in the play-off final at Wembley on Monday night.
The Athletic have reported that the Baggies are keen to open talks with the youngster over extending his contract at The Hawthorns, but also suggest that his main priority is securing first team football for next season – whether that comes via another loan deal or a permanent move away.
Morton’s current deal expires next year.
And the player himself has left the door open to a potential exit.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I’ve always seen myself scoring goals, and I’ve come to League Two and hopefully I’ve proven myself to everyone.
“Hopefully I kick on, as an individual, from here.
“That’s a decision I’ll have to make with West Brom.
“I’ve got another year on my contract so let’s see where that takes me.”
It would be a real shame to lose a player of Morton’s potential.
The 20-year-old has been on fire in League Two, and while a step up to the upper echelons of English football would represent a significant test for the forward, there’s nothing to suggest that he can’t pull it off.
Tony Pulis told The Athletic: “I was really impressed with a lot of the lads at the Albion at youth level but he brought a different dimension.
“He was raw. He looked as though he was desperately keen to be a professional footballer. He is a throwback to the old days and he has a great attitude.”
That desire will carry Morton a long way, and it would surely be a wise move to tie him down to a new deal this summer, send him out on loan to a bigger club next term, and then reassess his progress in a year’s time.
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