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Hilton signs pro deal with Blues

Rhys Hilton.
Rhys Hilton

Since the start of the season, Hilton has also been playing regular first team football with Redditch United in the third tier of non-league football.

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Young Blues attacker Rhys Hilton has signed his first professional contract with the Club.

The 18-year-old, who can operate as a forward or on the wing, was spotted playing local football for Copsewood FC in 2016.

The Coventry-born teenager signed as a scholar 12 months later but his first season amongst the full-time ranks was seriously hampered by an ankle injury.

He marked his return to Under-18s action with a goal in November 2018 and went on to score five times in 14 PDL outings last term, as well as gaining first team experience at non-league Coventry Sphinx over the Christmas period.

Hilton’s prolonged absence through injury during his scholarship led the Club to delay a decision on offering the 5ft 7in forward a pro deal.

He was invited back to join in pre-season training and has impressed sufficiently to earn a one-year contract.

Since the start of the season, Hilton has also been playing regular first team football with Redditch United in the third tier of non-league football.

The forward has scored in each of his last two appearances for the Worcestershire outft, who are managed by Ian King, former Head of Education at Blues Academy.

Having now signed pro terms with Blues, Hilton has officially joined Redditch on a Youth Loan for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.

But Hilton will continue to train with Blues and can turn out for the Club in non-First Team fixtures.

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