Alex Palmer has signed a new three-year deal with West Bromwich Albion, keeping him at the Hawthorns until July 2023.

The talented 23-year-old was sent out on loan last season with Plymouth Argyle, where he was part of the team that won automatic promotion from League Two.

Palmer also recorded 15 clean sheets in the process, showcasing just what he’s capable of when given the opportunity.

The plan for the Albion board is to now discuss Palmer’s future with him, which will most likely involve sending him out on loan for another season, ideally to a League One or Championship club.

West Brom’s sporting and technical director Luke Dowling spoke to the club’s official website:

“We are really pleased to get Alex settled with a new contract and it has been fully deserved.

“He has gone away into a tough environment and finished up a promotion winner. That is invaluable experience for a young player learning the realities of the game.”

Alex Palmer’s loan spell with Plymouth Argyle was remarkable, given what he was able to achieve in one season with the club.

He has had loans before with the likes of Oldham Athletic, Notts County and Kidderminster Harriers. but all of these were short-term and amounted to little else than a taste of the competitive football environment, away from the academy.

Palmer has been with the Baggies since he was 14 and had this to say about his new contract: “I’m delighted. It’s always good to get these things sorted so you can concentrate on your football.

“I had an amazing time with Plymouth and it’s been great to be back. Hopefully the boys can finish the job now this season.”