West Brom fans react as Josh Griffiths pens new contract at The Hawthorns

Bukayo Saka scores a goal for Arsenal past Josh Griffiths of WBA during the match between Arsenal U18 and West Bromwich Albion U18 at Meadow Park on February 9, 2019 in Borehamwood,...

The Baggies academy ace impressed Dwight Gayle and Jake Livermore, according to West Brom's Luke Dowling.

Bukayo Saka scores a goal for Arsenal past Josh Griffiths of WBA during the match between Arsenal U18 and West Bromwich Albion U18 at Meadow Park on February 9, 2019 in Borehamwood,...

A number of West Bromwich Albion fans have taken to Twitter to congratulate young England goalkeeper Josh Griffiths for signing a new four-year deal at The Hawthorns.

The 18-year-old - who is pushing 6ft 6in - has penned the contract, which takes him to the summer of 2023, following his return from training with the Young Lions’ Under-20 squad (official WBA website).

 

 

Griffiths joined the Baggies at the age of 10 and has progressed through the club's age groups to become a regular for the Under-18s, and was involved for the West Brom U23s in their 6-0 hammering of Sunderland (Transfermarkt).

He trained throughout pre-season alongside first-team keepers Sam Johnstone and Jonathan Bond and has made a big impact within the ranks, with Dwight Gayle complaining he could never beat him and Jake Livermore checking on whether he had penned a new deal, according to Luke Dowling.

 

 

“When you hear Dwight Gayle complaining he can never beat him and Jake Livermore checking on whether we have got him tied down on a contract, you know you’ve got a talent on your hands," the sporting and technical director told the WBA website.

“It’s been important for us to get Josh settled on a long deal because we know of at least one Premier League club who were trying to lure him away. I’m delighted he has committed to us and looking forward to see him progress still further.”

Here is what some Albion fans said on social media regarding the academy prospect's new deal at The Hawthorns:

In March, Griffiths became Albion's seventh youth goalkeeper to receive an England call-up, following in the footsteps of Luke Daniels, Ryan Allsop, Jack Rose, Shane Lewis, Adam Pryzbek and Alex Palmer (official WBA website).

A general view of the Hawthorns home stadium of West Bromwich Albion  before the pre-season friendly for the Regis Shield between West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City at The Hawthorns on...

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch