Charlie Lakin pens new Blues deal

Charlie Lakin pens new Blues deal

Teenage Blues midfielder Charlie Lakin has been rewarded with a new extended contract which runs until June 2021.

Having made his First Team bow as a substitute during last season's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Huddersfield Town, the 19-year-old has pushed on during this current campaign.

The boyhood Blues fan has made nine appearances so far this term, with eight of those coming in the Championship.

Lakin is now back in full training and with the First Team squad after a period on the sidelines due to a thigh injury.

The Solihull-born youngster is a product of the Club's Academy, having joined us at Under-9s level.

A tenacious and athletic player, he often looks to make an impact in the attacking third of the pitch but has yet to open his senior goalscoring account.

Speaking about Lakin's progression, Blues boss Garry Monk said: "Charlie has been with me since the start, since we came back in for pre-season.

"He has really got a lot of talent and potential, we think a lot of him,

"He has been working hard, it was only a matter of time before he got an opportunity.

"You can clearly see his potential and he’s got a big future if he continues to keep working how he is.

"He is level-headed and humble, and he has the work ethic needed to become a professional footballer and have sustainability.

"You have to have those characteristics, I feel they are most important.

"On top of that is his ability, you can see clearly technically he is very good, how tenacious he is."

Blues have a year's option on Lakin's new deal.

When Lakin reached a set number of appearances earlier this season it automatically triggered this new deal, as per the provisos of his previous contract agreement. This re-engagement has now been ratified and registered by the EFL.