Brandon Khela signs pro deal at Blues

Brandon Khela signs pro deal at Blues

Blues are delighted to announce that Brandon Khela has signed a professional contract with the Football Club.

The second-year scholar has been rewarded for a fine first 12 months of his scholarship as he looks to become the first South Asian to make a senior appearance at Blues.

Speaking to BluesTV after he signed the contract, Khela was full of pride.

"I am delighted, over the moon, it is a dream come true. Me and my family have been working towards this since I was a kid.

"Everything has gone into it, I have put my heart and soul into it.

"I am a centre-midfielder, box-to-box I prefer to play. I can score and create and that is what I am going to try and offer this season and, hopefully, get us further up the table."

Brandon Khela formalises his professional deal.

Brandon Khela formalises his professional deal.

The announcement is the latest eye-catching example of Birmingham City's proven pathway from Academy to First Team activity, supported by the role of Academy Director, Paul Williams, First Team Development Coach, Paul Harsley, Under-23s Head Coach, Steve Spooner and Under-18s Lead Coach, Martyn Olorenshaw.

Khela, who is currently enjoying pre-season with the senior group of players at Wast Hills Training Ground, enjoyed a successful 2021/22 campaign. During this, he turned out for both the Under-18s and Under-23s sides, with such performances leading to opportunities to join First Team training and a place in the matchday squad for February's trip to Stoke City.

And this was supplemented by international action in Spain last month for England Under-17s, as the midfielder was part of the Young Lions' travelling party that faced Norway and the USA.

Brandon Khela celebrates his goal as Blues Under-23s beat Middlesbrough last season.

Brandon Khela celebrates his goal as Blues Under-23s beat Middlesbrough last season.

Under-18s Lead Coach, Martyn Olorenshaw gave his reaction to the news of the 17-year-old's professional deal.

"With Brandon having been at the Club since pre-Academy, there is a great feeling of satisfaction to see another player develop and grow through the system - especially one that has his attitude and work ethic.

"He backs up these attributes with serious talent, being a technically gifted midfield player who likes to create from central areas and also has an eye for goal, with such ability recently earning him international recognition.

"As just an Under-17 last season, he was a key player for the Under-18s and then at Under-23s level and we are all very excited to see his progression continue here at Blues."

Congratulations, Brandon!