10:35am Thursday 1st August 2013
STOURBRIDGE’S highly-rated 18-year-old central defender Kieran Morris has signed a one-year professional deal with League One side Brentford.
Morris put pen to paper following a successful week’s trial with the Bees after featuring in friendly games against West Bromwich Albion and Derby County.
The youngster has spent the last two-and-a-half years playing for Stourbridge’s youth side.
He also featured for England Colleges and skippered the side against Wales, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand.
Morris also played for Stourbridge’s first team only the previous week against Romulus in a pre-season friendly where he came on as a second-half substitute.
Pedmore-based Morris finished studying at Stourbridge College this summer and was due to go to Birmingham University before the Griffin Park side made their move.
Stourbridge youth team boss Dave King said: “We’re over the moon at Stourbridge after hearing Kieran has clinched a contract with Brentford.
“He obviously got noticed while on duty with England Colleges, but I also think he came to people’s attention during our FA Youth Cup run last season when we eventually lost out to Bradford City.
“Kieran had previously been on ther books of Stoke City and Shrewsbury Town as a youngster, but got released. I picked him up for Stourbridge after he’d been playing for Withymoor Colts.
“Kieran’s the third player I’ve had sign professional forms with league clubs.
“I had Aaron O’Hagen join Bradford City and Gareth Sheldon go to Scunthorpe when I was in charge at Lye Town.”
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