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West Brom confident of ironing out off-field issue

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West Bromwich Albion are confident they will be granted a three-year Category One academy license at the next audit and are prepared to move quickly to ensure that happens, according to Express&Star.

It emerged yesterday that the Baggies’ academy had been placed under special measures after failing an audit earlier this year.

However, Express&Star has now clarified the situation at the Championship club and reported that Albion will still have a Category One academy for the 2022/23 campaign.

The report claims that due to tightened Premier League regulations, the club has been given a list of recommendations that will need to be followed to ensure they’re given a three-year Category One license at their next audit.

It is said that Albion will act quickly to ensure they fall in line with those recommendations and remain confident of earning a three-year license at the next opportunity.

On top of helping them sign top young talent and ensuring their age-group sides play against the best in the country at that level, the status also means they can demand more in compensation should young players depart – something they’ve seen happen on a number of occasions in recent years.

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The Verdict

There will have been some concern when Training Ground Guru revealed yesterday that West Brom’s academy had been placed under special measures but this should ease those fears.

It appears the West Midlands club are set to move quickly to iron out the off-field issue and are confident of being granted a three-year Category One license at their next audit.

That’s fantastic news for a number of reasons – not least because it guarantees them more money should their young talent depart.

While some players have progressed to the first team in recent years, a number of their most exciting academy products have been pinched by other clubs.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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