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Nathan RedmondRising Blues star Nathan Redmond has agreed a three-year professional contract with the club.

The exciting prospect, who turned 17 last Sunday, has admitted that there was never any doubt in him pledging his immediate future to his hometown club having impressively risen through the Academy ranks in recent years.

Kitts Green-raised Redmond joined Blues as a nine-year-old having been spotted playing for local side Hardy Spicer. The winger started playing in Blues' under-18 side aged 14 before making his reserve team bow a year later.

The Brummie's dazzling displays soon came to the attention of Alex McLeish and he was named as standby for the Barclays Premier League fixture at home to Everton last season before taking his place on the St.Andrew's bench against Burnley at the end of the 2009/10 campaign.

At the age of 16 years and 173 days, Redmond became the club's second-youngest player ever behind Trevor Francis when he came on as a substitute during the Carling Cup second-round tie against Rochdale earlier this season. He then gained further first-team action in the same competition during the victory over Brentford two rounds later.

Redmond has also represented England at under-16 and under-17 level and has just been called into the Three Lions squad for the UEFA European U17 Championship Elite Qualifying Round for later this month.

Having agreed his first pro deal, Redmond told "I'm delighted. I've worked hard to get here but I know that the hard work has got to continue if I want to push myself on further.

"The last few months have been overwhelming for me.I've learned so much over this past year and it has given me a taste of what I could achieve.

"The gaffer (McLeish) is always trying to push me on to the next step. He's got plans for me if I'm willing to put the hard work in and I'm determined to become a better player."

Redmond was in attendance at St. Andrew's on Sunday for the civic reception to toast Blues' marvellous Carling Cup achievement having played his own part in the success.

And the talented teenager was given a hearty welcome to the Kop directors' box from the Bluenoses in attendance.

"I was quite surprised with the welcome I got on Sunday, especially as I walked out after Obafemi (Martins)," Redmond, a Blues Crew ambassador, continued.

"I think Blues fans like to see young, local players coming through to the first team and I'm determined to make an impression for them.

"When I go to watch first-team games, I can see from the reaction Craig Gardner gets that Blues fans like to see a local lad doing well and I want to do the same."

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