By Nick Ware

8th Jul, 2021 | 2:40pm

West Brom form Telford United partnership, loan deals on the horizon

West Brom have struck up an agreement with Telford United that will act as a big boost to their young starlets, according to the Shropshire Star.

The Telford-based newspaper has reported that it is a “significant” deal for the National League North outfit, who lost their partnership with Wolves in 2020 amid doubts of the playing surface at their New Bucks Head stadium.

Wolves opted to move their PL2 games elsewhere after a number of postponements, but after a completely relaid pitch installed with new drainage last summer Albion have swooped in.

The news was confirmed by Telford United on their official club website, who said that they will “stage a host of matches featuring the West Brom U23s between August and May 2022”.

Telford also said that the “two clubs will work closely together providing player development on and off the field”.

Express and Star reporter Joseph Masi appeared to expand on this player development partnership, writing on his personal Twitter profile that “the agreement could see young Albion players join the Bucks on loan”, as also reported by the Shropshire Star.

Smart move

Albion’s young stars will be relocating from Aggborough Stadium, home to Kidderminster Harriers.

It wasn’t exactly a kind place for the Under-23 side last season as they finished bottom of the pile in the Premier League 2 (Division 2) table with just nine points, so they will be hoping a relocation brings about better results.

More pertinent, however, is the suggestion that Albion’s youngsters could be set for loan moves in the future to Telford, and that could be an integral move to further the development of our emerging stars.

Of course, the National League North is not the Football League, but it is still a fiercely competitive league that could play an instrumental role in nurturing a number of Albion talents, giving them their first taste of senior action and what it really means to win or lose a game.

That could be especially handy to young teenagers at the club in need of a battle-hardened spell away from West Brom.

In other West Brom news, Albion are in line to net a windfall as a Premier League giant opens £7million exit talks over this ex-WBA talent.

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