Where are they now? (Part Two – Youth/Academy players)

Izzy Brown


Age now: 19

Current Club: Rotherham (on loan from Chelsea)

Joined Albion: 2010 from Leicester City’s academy

Left Albion: 2013 to Chelsea

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Has made 1 senior appearance for Chelsea, against Albion in 2014
  • Spent 2014-15 season on loan at Vitesse
  • Currently on season long loan at Rotherham in the Championship
  • Recently represented England Under 19s at the European Championship Finals in July 2016

Yan Dhanda


Age now: 17

Current Club: Liverpool

Joined Albion: 2013

Left Albion: July 2013 to Liverpool

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Plays for Liverpool Under 18s. Recently returned from injury
  • Became Liverpool’s first player of Indian heritage when he signed his first professional deal in 2015

Jerome Sinclair


Age now: 20

Current Club: Watford

Joined Albion: 2006

Left Albion: 2011 to Liverpool

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Stayed at Liverpool for 5 years playing at various youth levels
  • Made 2 Premier League appearances and 2 Cup appearances for the Liverpool first team
  • Had short loan spell at Wigan Athletic, only making 1 appearance as a substitute
  • Signed for Watford in July 2016 on a free transfer, with Liverpool receiving a £4 million development fee
  • Last represented England at Under 17 level in 2013

Kemar Roofe


Age now: 23

Current Club: Leeds United

Joined Albion: 2009 – youth scholarship

Left Albion: 2015 to Oxford United, after initial loan spell

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Played regularly for Oxford United in the 2015-16 season, making 48 appearances and scoring 26 goals
  • Assisted Oxford United reaching the 2016 Football League Trophy Final and gained promotion to League One
  • Voted ‘Sky Bet League Two’s player of the year’ and named in the ‘League Two Team Of The Year’ in 2016
  • Joined Leeds in July 2016 on a 4 year deal

George Thorne


Age now: 23

Current Club: Derby County

Joined Albion: 2004, turned pro 2010

Left Albion: 2014 to Derby County

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Joined Derby on a 4 year deal in 2014. Days later, he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury which rules him out for the majority of the 2014-15 season
  • Made 36 appearances for Derby during 2015-16 before suffering a double leg break in the final game of the season, leading him to miss Derby’s play off games. He is still in rehabilitation from his injury and is expected back November 2016

Cameron Gayle


Age now: 23

Current Club: Sutton Coldfield Town

Joined Albion: 2009, turned pro 2012

Left Albion: 2014 to Shrewsbury Town

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Joined Shrewsbury Town on a 2 year deal in 2014, after spending the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons there on loan
  • Contract was terminated early by mutual consent following Shrewsbury Town’s promotion to League One in 2015
  • Signed for Oxford under Michael Appleton for 1 month before being sent on loan to Cambridge United for 2 months
  • Signed for Sutton Coldfield Town in 2016

Romaine Sawyers


Age now: 24

Current Club: Brentford

Joined Albion: 2004, turned pro 2009

Left Albion: 2013 to Walsall after an initial loan spell

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Spent 3 years at Walsall, making over 150 appearances. Reached the final of the Football League Trophy in 2015 and named in the ‘League One PFA Team of the Year’ in 2016
  • Left Walsall as a free agent in 2016 after rejecting a new contract and joined Brentford in the Championship
  • Continues to play International football for Saint Kitts and Nevis

Sam Mantom


Age now: 24

Current Club: Scunthorpe United

Joined Albion: 2010, turned pro 2010

Left Albion: 2013 to Walsall, after an initial loan spell

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Joined Walsall on a free transfer after spending the 2012-13 season on loan there
  • Spent 3 years at Walsall, making over 100 appearances and was named Walsall’s Player of the Year in 2014
  • Recently joined Scunthorpe United on a 3 year deal


Lateef Elford-Alliyu

Soccer - Pre Season Friendly - Histon v West Bromwich Albion - The Glassworld Stadium

Age now: 24

Current Club: Free agent

Joined Albion: 2006, turned pro 2010

Left Albion: 2012 to Bury, after an initial loan

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Joined Bury on a 1 year deal but only made 5 appearances due to a change of manager
  • Spent 6 months at Crawley Town before joining Tamworth
  • Joined Maltese team Valletta for the 2014-15 season, making 35 appearances
  • Moved to Coventry City in September 2015 on a 4 month deal and is now a free agent

Stuart Nicholson


Age now: 29

Current Club: Springvale City

Joined Albion: 2005, turned pro 2005

Left Albion: Released in 2008, signed by Newcastle Blue Star

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Has played only at semi professional level since leaving Albion in 2008
  • Currently at his 15th club in 9 years, often switching clubs 2 or 3 times each season
  • Moved to Australia in 2010 and has since played for lower league Australian clubs such as Sunshine George Cross, Northcote City and Bentleigh Greens

Chris Wood


Age now: 24

Current Club: Leeds United

Joined Albion: 2009, turned pro 2009

Left Albion: 2013, joined Leicester City

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Joined Leicester City in 2013 and assisted them in gaining promotion to the Premier League in the 2013-14 season, gaining a Championship Winners medal
  • Made a few Premier League appearances for Leicester during the 2014-15 season before a brief loan spell at Ipswich Town
  • Joined Leeds United on a 4 year deal in 2015 and was their top goal scorer for the 2015/16 season, scoring 13 goals. He has continued playing regularly for Leeds this season
  • Wood still plays for New Zealand at International level and in 2014 he became the youngest ever captain for the New Zealand National Team, aged 22




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