The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WAL­SALL wing-back Rico Henry has been named the Foot­ball League’s Young Player of the Month for Septem­ber – and man­ager Dean Smith is back­ing him for England hon­ours.

Birm­ing­ham-born Henry, 18, put in some eye-catch­ing per­for­mances dur­ing the month and was re­warded with a new con­tract at the start of Oc­to­ber.

Hav­ing made ten first team ap­pear­ances in 201415, Henry has been a reg­u­lar this sea­son and played a key part in Wal­sall’s rise to the top of League One.

Man­ager Smith said: “Rico fully de­serves the award. He’s a quick learner; you give him a bit of in­for­ma­tion and he takes it on board. I’ve rec­om­mended him to England un­der 19s be­cause if there’s a bet­ter left-sided player in the coun­try at 18 years of age I’d like to see them.”

Henry said: “I feel very hon­oured to have won this award. I joined the club at un­der 12s and it’s been good, I just want to keep pro­gress­ing.

“My tar­gets are to score goals and do well here. I want to get to the Cham­pi­onship with Wal­sall.”

TEEN STAR: Rico Henry

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