One to watch #79: George Thorne
Feature by Dan Buxton
Updated Friday, 18th February 2011
West Brom midfielder previewed here
Name: George Thorne Date of Birth: 04/01/93 Position: Attacking Midfielder Club: WBA Previous clubs: None International caps: England U-16 - 2 (0) England U-17 - 13 (0) England U-19 - 3 (0) Thorne joined West Brom’s academy in 2004, joining the U-16’s side. Thorne was a regular for the club at academy level when he broke into the reserve team during the 2008/2009 season. In November 2009 Thorne made his league debut for the Baggies as an 88th minute substitute against Sheffield Wednesday, becoming the clubs youngest player in 49 years, but was 109 days older than the clubs youngest ever player Bobby Hope. Thorne signed his first professional contract with the club in January 2010. An 18 month deal, before being rewarded with an additional year for his progress at the club. Thorne was also a part of the England U-17 side which won their first ever European Championship, coming on as a substitute in the final.