Back in April, Blues completed their first signing of “the summer” after bringing in Stevenage front-man Jack Storer. The 18-year-old rejoined the club having played at St Andrews as a youth but had since featured for local sides, before playing youth football at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stevenage.
He signed his first professional deal with The Boro at the start of this season, but Blues’ interest and a five-figure bid meant his tenure in London ended, and he now has six months to prove his worth to Richard Beale and Garry Rowett.
But what can we expect from the local lad?
To start with, don’t expect the 18-year-old to be accelerated straight into the first-team. Rather, see the six-month-deal he’s been given as more of a trial period to assess whether he can settle after a succession of moves in his early career.
Standing at 6ft 1″ tall, Storer impressed after being invited back to St Andrews for a trial, and he scored a header in a development squad match game against Charlton Athletic, which resulted in a Blues win. And it was this which prompted the club to offer Storer another chance to impress at his boyhood club.
Whilst he may not have made that many appearances for Stevenage after making his one and only senior appearance against Leyton Orient back in September, it’s all about potential. Look at the progress made by Republic of Ireland U18 international Ronan Hale this season- this is what the academy coaches will be looking for.
The development squad is looking more competitive than ever, and with David Popa going and spending time on-loan at Kettering Town last season and signing a new deal, it will be difficult for Storer to outshine his fellow strikers. But that’s what this six-month spell will show, whether or not there is potential there for the future or not.
Good luck Jack.
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