ONE of the Ledbury Goalkeeping Academy members has become the latest to sign for a professional club.

Liam Wilkes, from Hallow in Worcester, has been involved with Championship club West Brom for three years, but has now received a two-year scholarship to train and play at the club.

Wilkes, who attends Christopher Whiteheads Language College in Worcester, joins three other keepers at West Brom who have come through the goalkeeper centre in Ledbury.

Josh Griffiths, first-team pro and England U21 International, Ronnie Hollingshead, a second-year pro and Wales international, as well as under-8 and highly rated Marley Williams.

The centre is run by goalkeeping coach Allan Hawkins who has coached and scouted at various professional clubs including Birmingham City, Aston Villa, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion.

The facility at Ledbury Town FC (New Street) is ideally situated for young goalkeepers from Malvern, Ledbury and the surrounding area.

Hawkins put Wilkes into the West Brom system three years ago and Wilkes has now played a number of games with the U18s and is in line to play in goal against Manchester City on Saturday.