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Romelle Donovan makes promise to Birmingham City after revealing why she signed

Romelle Donovan makes promise to Birmingham City after revealing why she signed

Romelle Donovan’s absence from the first team at the end of last season left him determined to prove himself to new Birmingham City manager Chris Davies.

Electric striker Donovan burst onto the St Andrew’s scene last year with a series of lively cameos off the bench before making his first start against Bristol City at Christmas. He was given another start by Tony Mowbray in the FA Cup replay against Hull City in January and finished the season with 10 first-team appearances.




The 17-year-old was moved up to the under-21s in the final months of the season as the Blues battled relegation from the Championship, and he helped them reach the Professional Development League final.

“When I came back with the 21s, I felt like I had something to prove,” Donovan told Blues TV. “I’m still young, so I shouldn’t expect to play every minute with the first team. When I get that call again, I’ll be even better.”

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Donovan will have the chance to impress Davies in pre-season after his confidence was boosted further by his first England call-up in May. England’s Under-18s beat Northern Ireland 4-2 on his international debut, thanks in large part to a goal and assist from Donovan.

The teenager added: “When I got the England call-up I wasn’t playing because I was going to have surgery on my hand, but I couldn’t turn it down. I’m grateful to the doctor here who got me back on the pitch so quickly after the surgery. I was back on the pitch in about two weeks. When I first pulled on the England shirt it was a very proud moment.”