Blues defender Geraldo Bajrami has today signed his first professional contract.
The 18-year-old centre-half put pen to paper on a one-year deal at St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium.
The Quinton-based youngster was captain of the Blues side that enjoyed a fantastic run to the FA Youth Cup Semi-Finals last season.
It was a case of third time lucky for Bajrami in his attempts to persuade Blues to take him on.
He initially came for trials at Under-10s and Under-11s, but it wasn’t until he was an Under-14s player that he joined the Club’s ranks.
Bajrami, whose parents moved to England from Albania just two weeks before their son was born, made 25 appearances for the Under-18s during his first season as a scholar in 2016/17.
The former Priory School pupil clocked up another 19 games for Steve Spooner’s side last term, chipping in with an impressive tally of five goals – three direct from free-kicks.
In the latter stages of 2017/18, he stepped up to the Development Squad and adapted well in his seven starts for the Under-23s.
"It's been a long road to getting here and I just want to keep making myself and my family proud." said Bajrami. "I was here twice before and got released and it has just motivated me more to succeed here.
"I've proved people wrong up to this point but the hard work starts now.
"It was an honour to captain a special Under-18s team last season and it shows how many of us have signed professional deals.
"I just can't wait to check in for pre-season now and get going again."