April 13, 2024

Wolves under-21s defender Harry Birtwistle has been rewarded with a contract extension until the summer of 2025.

The 20-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a new deal at Molineux, two years after signing his first professional contract at the club.

Birtwistle has been with the Old Gold since 2017 having first been spotted playing by Academy staff when he was aged just eight as part of a Wolves international training camp in Singapore.

He was invited over to the UK and successfully completed a trial at Compton Park, and has since established himself as a key member of James Collins’ under-21 squad.

Versatile down the right-hand side, Birtwistle has predominantly played at right-back throughout the 2023/24 season but can also play further forward as a wing-back or right midfielder.

Academy manager for football, Jon Hunter-Barrett, has expressed his delight about securing the services of another young talent at Compton for an extended period of time and said: “We are pleased to extend Harry’s contract for another season. He brings experience to our under-21s environment and good intent to improve.

“Harry has been with us since the age of 12 and has been an important part of the groups successes over the years in the Youth Cup run, along with the under-21s promotion and cup run. The experiences have given Harry a good platform to develop and perform.

“Progression wise, it will be important for Harry to continue with his level of improvement and create his own opportunities within the 21s or first-team environment.”

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