Reece Brown offered one-year extension at Birmingham City

Brown was previously on trial at West Ham United in January, but could be poised to become a bigger part of Birmingham boss Gary Rowett's first team.

Birmingham City midfielder Reece Brown's hopes of becoming a first team regular at St Andrew's have been given a boost, with the Championship side confirming through their official website that the 20-year-old has been offered a one-year extension to his current deal at the club.

The Dudley-born youngster has been with the Blues since the age of 10, and came off the bench to make his first team debut during Birmingham's trip to Burnley in 2013.

The England Under-20 international has since made 13 first team appearances for City, although only two of those have come this season, the last of which was the 1-0 home defeat to Charlton in November 2015.

January saw Brown handed a 28-day trial at West Ham, where he played for the development squad under former Blues academy manager Terry Westley.

According to the Birmingham Mail, boss Gary Rowett believed Brown to be "nowhere near the first team" at the time, although the decision to offer him a new deal may indicate a change of heart.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Kyle McFarlane has signed a one-year extension to his current deal, keeping him at the club until next summer.

The pacy forward was loaned out to non-league Nuneaton Town earlier in the season, but is yet to make his first-team bow.

This season has seen him score three goals 20 appearances for the development squad.

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