Birmingham City have, via their club website, announced that young Wes Harding has signed a new, two-year deal at St Andrews.
The deal is effective from July 1 this year and runs to June 30 2020 and sees the Leicester-born right-back extend his original deal at the Blues. The youngster came through the academy ranks at Birmingham, after joining from city rivals Aston Villa, and is highly thought of at the club.
This season has seen him break through into first team reckoning, testament to this being two appearances in Birmingham’s Carabao Cup campaign. His first team début came against Crawley Town in an easy 5-1 win for the Blues, Harding coming on as a 58th minute substitute. His second appearance, in the same competition, came in a 2-1, second-round defeat to Premier League side Bournemouth.
Prior to this the youngster had some experience out on loan when joining non-league Alfreton Town last season. Whilst at the Vanarama National League North side, Harding made three appearances before returning to St Andrews.
Speaking back in 2016, the then 19-year-old said about his first-team chances: “I feel comfortable at centre-half as that’s my normal position. But I’ve been playing right-back and I feel I’ve been doing well and I’m enjoying it. I want to get bigger, stronger and there’s always room for improvement. But if you put me anywhere I’ll do a job for the team. I’m not fussed. I’m looking to get in the First Team in any position.”
With an extended contract and his first forays into first team reckoning, it might not be that long before Birmingham City fans get to see more of the talented youngster.