BAGGIES ARE LATEST TO PUT KANE IN SPOTLIGHT
BRISTOL CITY are watching Non-League prospect Kane Smith – and could pounce if the Hitchin Town right-back fails to earn a deal at Premier LeagueWest Brom this week.
The 19-year-old has come through the ranks at Southern League Premier club Hitchin, on the youth development programme they run in partnership with Luton Town.
Smith has spent a week training with the Baggies and will play for their U21s against Arsenal tomorrow night.
The youngster played three times for Crystal Palace’s development side before Christmas, while Championship strugglers City – who will watch him in action against the Gunners at Tamworth’s Lamb Ground – are waiting in the wings, along with a host of Football League clubs.
Hitchin manager Mark Burke told The FLP:“West Brom watched Kane play for us at Bedworth on Tuesday and sent a driver to take him off to stay in digs.
“He’s trained with the U21s, and Tony Pulis took one of the sessions.We hope he does well in the game, but if nothing happens there I fully expect him to be a professional in the Football League by the end of January.
“My team is stronger with him in it, but you can’t hold players back and Kane will be a great asset for someone.”
Meanwhile, Championship side Burnley have sent teenage winger Josh Ginnelly, 18, on loan to National League side Altrincham.
The former AstonVilla academy prospect – signed on a three-year deal for an undisclosed six-figure fee from Shrewsbury in August – will spend a month with Alty, who are managed by former PortVale boss Lee Sinnott.