West Brom have confirmed that Taylor Gardner-Hickman has signed a new long-term contract at the Hawthorns.
Gardner-Hickman has emerged into the first-team picture under Valerien Ismael this season in the Championship, and turns 20 today.
The club have confirmed that the youngster has penned a new contract with the Baggies, committing him until the summer of 2026.
Ismael has brought Gardner-Hickman through as a wing-back, although he’s shown plenty of versatility to help West Brom in recent weeks – he’s played on both sides, as well as in a midfield role.
In total, Gardner-Hickman has made five appearances in the Championship this season, including a 14-minute cameo in the recent defeat to Derby County.
Commenting to the club’s official media streams, Ismael said: “This is great news.
“Taylor is the beginning of the project from when I came in; to link the academy to the first team. We wanted to create a pathway and Taylor is the first player me and my staff have been able to bring through.
“We hope and we want more players to follow this pathway – but this is a great statement from Taylor with this commitment to the club. Now, I am looking forward to working with him. It’s great news for everyone at the club.“
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West Brom currently sit fourth in the Championship table following defeat to Derby on Monday afternoon.
They are four points adrift of the automatic promotion places, with Fulham holding a game in-hand over the Baggies at this stage.
This is good news for West Brom – as Ismael states!
Gardner-Hickman has had a really solid introduction to life in the West Brom first-team, in difficult circumstances, too.
Ismael will want to build for the future with players of his ilk, so signing him up long-term was important.
It’s a nod to the future, but also the present, with Gardner-Hickman very much a part of the first-team fold now.
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