Banbridge lad Jack Chambers is set to begin his full-time football dream later this week.
He will leave for England on Friday as he makes the move to the Midlands to begin his three year contract with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.
Chambers is set to move over for an initial two year scholarship but after that, he has already secured a third season on a professional basis.
Chambers agreed to join the Baggies last November, after impressing on a trial at the club.
The Linfield player had also been off for trials at both Glasgow Rangers and Sunderland, but it was West Brom that moved first to ensure they didn’t miss out on the young star.
Chambers really put himself on the map last summer when he won the Bertie Peacock Trophy at the Milk Cup. That is awarded to the top performing county player.
It was quickly followed by Chambers’ first international goal in NI’s Victory Shield campaign. He almost helped them to a historic victory before Wales snatched two last gasp wins to steal the trophy.
This weekend, however, will mark the biggest step in Jack’s career so far.