Young Howells is on Wales' wish list

Defender signs first pro deal

A Wales call-up could be on the cards for promising young full-back Jake Howells who was due to sign his first professional contract at Kenilworth Road yesterday.

The 18-year-old left-sided player was looking forward to finally putting pen to paper on a two-year deal, but was more taken aback by the interest being shown in him by Wales U19s and U21s.

He said: "Two weeks before the end of the season I got called in by Alan Neilson to be told I had been enquired about by Wales to see if I had any Welsh in me.

"I've got a bit of Welsh blood in my family and hopefully if I keep on progressing I can get in the team.

"It would be brilliant to play for a country and with all those people watching you would be good."

Howells, who admitted he doesn't even know a word of Wales' anthem, qualifies for them through one of his grandfathers, but knows that he must impress at club level first if he is to pick up any international honours.

On his first pro deal, he said: "I'm going to go in with my dad and sign it and go from there."

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