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Worrall tipped for the top

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Jonathan Greening today tipped teenager David Worrall for the top after being impressed with his impact on Albion's tour of Croatia and Slovenia. Jonathan Greening today tipped teenager David Worrall for the top after being impressed with his impact on Albion's tour of Croatia and Slovenia. The 17-year-old bounced back from his unfortunate sending-off against Hajduk Split by performing admirably in the second half of the clash with Red Star Belgrade. Worrall has been moved up to train with the first team after signing his first professional contract following his move from Bury last season. And although boss Tony Mowbray is not planning to throw him into the heat of Championship battle at the start of the season, Greening believes Worrall could take the step up in his stride when his chance comes. "David's only 17 but he's really impressed us on the trip," said Greening. Read the full story in the Express & Star. 

The 17-year-old bounced back from his unfortunate sending-off against Hajduk Split by performing admirably in the second half of the clash with Red Star Belgrade.

Worrall has been moved up to train with the first team after signing his first professional contract following his move from Bury last season.

And although boss Tony Mowbray is not planning to throw him into the heat of Championship battle at the start of the season, Greening believes Worrall could take the step up in his stride when his chance comes.

"David's only 17 but he's really impressed us on the trip," said Greening.

"He's not a shy lad, which is good, and he wants to get involved in training. That's a good thing.

"From what I've seen of him in training it looks like he's got all the right things you need to make it to the top. I hope he gets a chance this year and if he does I think he'll do ok."

Greening has been impressed with the way Worrall – the youngest member of Albion's touring party – has settled into life at The Hawthorns.

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"He's had to come into an experienced dressing room and it can't be easy dealing with all the banter," said Greening.

"But he takes it really well and he gives a bit back, which is nice to see. Looking back to when I was his age I was probably too shy and that's one thing I probably regret. But David has come in and he's quite energetic and lively, which is good."

Fellow youngsters Jared Hodgkiss, who has started all three pre-season games, Stuart Nicholson and keeper Luke Daniels also caught the eye on the trip, leaving Greening to predict a bright future for Albion.

"The young lads have done really well," said Greening. "Jared Hodgkiss played a few times at right back for us and did really well. We've got a few young players coming in and I think the future looks bright with the kids we've got.

"They don't look out of place in training and they could get a chance this year."

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