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Mitch Hancox contract signing
Putting pen-to-paper - Mitch Hancox has signed a six-month professional contract with the club

Mitch Hancox has become the latest Blues youngster to sign a professional contract with the club.

The 18-year-old has signed an initial six-month deal.

Hancox, who is predominantly a full-back, but can also play on the wing, has been with the club since the age of eight.

He started at the club alongside the likes of Nathan Redmond, Callum Reilly and Josh Hawker, who are all still at St. Andrew's.

Despite missing close to four months of last season's campaign because of a knee injury, the tenacious Hancox still scored an impressive 14 goals.

Mitch Hancox
In action last season - Mitch Hancox

He is understandably delighted to sign his first pro-contract, but knows he has to impress in the next six months if he is to see his deal extended.

"It's an amazing feeling to sign your first pro contract with the club you support," said Hancox.

"My parents are very pleased and proud and it's worthwhile for them with all the times they've given me lifts to training and games.

"I need to go into pre-season flying and try and get in front and then take it into the early part of the season.

"As long as I have a good start I don't see why I can't get another deal but I'll have to wait and see."

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Blues centre half Jack Deaman has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until December 31, 2012.

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