Jordan James signs Blues pro deal!
Blues are delighted to announce that Jordan James has signed a professional contract with the Football Club.
The highly-rated midfielder has put pen to paper at Blues until the Summer of 2024 on the same day he made his full professional debut and recorded an assist in the victory over Blackpool in the Sky Bet Championship, the latest landmark moment on an impressive footballing journey in the Second City.
Identified as having something special when joining Blues’ pre-academy, James has worked tremendously hard to climb the ladder and at the age of 17 has made four Under-23s appearances this season - scoring in the recent success away to Middlesbrough.
This comes alongside a quintet of outings for the Under-18s and a continuation of his experience with Wales’ youth teams, having stood out for multiple age groups before making his international Under-18s debut against England in September.
Speaking to BCFC.com, James explained what it means to extend his time with Blues.
“It has been a long nine years but it has been worth it. This is what you want to do and is the end goal. Obviously, I want to keep pushing on and, hopefully, keep getting more appearances.
“I think it is a proud moment for the Club as well, all the staff at the Club that have helped me with my growth and, with the travel, it is a proud moment for my family.
“If you’re good enough you’ll get the chance and the Gaffer has been really good for me and allowed me to get that chance.”
This news is yet another showcase example of the Club’s renowned pathway between Academy and First Team football, 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.
James made his First Team bow against Bristol City earlier this month before further minutes were clocked up in games on the road at Hull City and Coventry City, with his attitude and application catching the eye of Blues’ Head Coach.
And speaking recently about the young midfielder, Lee Bowyer offered an assessment full of praise.
"He has taken his chance. Whatever you ask him to do, he has done. He tries to do the right things, brings the right energy. He can travel with the ball, he is comfortable in possession, he ticks a lot of boxes for me. I like what I see with Jordan, he has a lot of potential.
"He is a grounded young lad, well mannered and respectful to everybody. He is a good lad. He has been as good as gold. The senior players are looking after him, guiding him and helping him."