Teenage hot shot Ronan Hale signed up on professional deal

The prolific Northern Irish youngster, who was a First Year Academy Scholar, has penned a contract which runs until 30 June, 2019 and will take effect immediately once it is approved by The FL/FA.

Hale made the switch to Blues last summer and has made rapid progress during his short time at the Club.

With eight games of the season remaining, he has already found the back of the 22 net times for Blues Under-18s in just 17 appearances.

That tally includes a five-goal against Leeds United earlier this year, as Blues thrashed the Whites 6-2.

Academy Coach Steve Spooner says Hale's game has really improved since joining the Club and Blues are delighted to be able to sign him up.

"Ronan came to us from Northern Ireland in the summer and he's made significant strides forwards," said Spooner.

"We knew he was a goal scorer but he's actually surprised all of us with how much of a goal scorer and natural finisher he is.

"We've been absolutely delighted to be able to sign him up.

"He's done enough to suggest that we should give him a pro contract despite still being in his first year of his scholarship and we're very pleased for him.

"He's quick, aggressive and has the natural instinct for runs and finishing, although as he knows himself there are still areas of his game that he's got to work on."