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2nd August 2016 11:43

Stags sign West Brom defender on loan
mansfieldtown.net, 29th July 2016

We are pleased to announce the signing of defender Kyle Howkins on a six month loan deal from Premier League West Bromwich Albion.

The 20-year-old, who has been at the Hawthorns since the age of 11, linked up with his new team mates earlier today during a training session at One Call Stadium.

The centre half gained valuable first team experience last season on loan at Kidderminster Harriers in the National League.

On his capture, Stags' boss Adam Murray said: “I have watched Kyle over a period of time and with the important experience which he gained last year on loan at Kidderminster, as well as his involvement with West Brom’s first team this pre-season, I felt the time was right to try and secure his services.

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“At 6ft 5in, he has the physical attributes, tremendous speed and obviously the football background of being at a Premier League Club to be effective at League 2 and I can’t wait to work with him.

“For someone of Kyle’s stature, his technical ability is very high and this will fit into our philosophy.

“We know that there were another couple of League 1 clubs who were ready to pounce and I thank our chairman for allowing me to get this deal over the line in quick time.

“With the infrastructure at West Brom, we know that Kyle has a good pedigree as well as high values and morals instilled in him.

“We thank West Brom for their help in this deal.”

The transfer will be completed subjected to approval from both the Football Association and the Football League.


Howkins makes loan switch to Mansfield Town
wba.co.uk, 29th July 2016
Defender joins Stags

ALBION defender Kyle Howkins has joined Mansfield Town on loan until Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

The centre-back, who spent time with Kidderminster Harriers during the 2015/16 season, will link up with the Stags ahead of the start of their League Two campaign.

There is no recall option included in the agreement.

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We would like to wish Kyle all the best during his time at the One Call Stadium.


West Brom recall exciting young duo from Kidderminster Harriers
Kyle Howkins and Alex Palmer are back at The Hawthorns after half-season loans

West Bromwich Albion have recalled Alex Palmer and Kyle Howkins from their loan spells at Kidderminster Harriers, the non-league club confirmed.

Howkins, a ball-playing centre-back, made his debut in the same Stourbridge game and departs having made ten starts, scoring one goal.

"We'd like to wish both Alex and Kyle well for their future careers," a Harriers spokesman said.


Darren Moore, Albion's professional development phase coach, was full of praise when asked about Howkins' progress last month.

The former West Brom defender even suggested Howkins was ready to make the step up at a Football League club.

"Kyle Howkins is in a very good place having seen him," Moore said.

"In terms of having a future in the game, he's on course for that.

"We've had reports of him playing consistently well.

"Now he has taken a step into the conference not only can he handle it, he can go up another step or two.

"He's only 19 and still has lots to improve on.

"I hope that with what I've seen and heard that when he finishes in January we'll look to get him more experience and test him at a higher level.

"He shows great physical attributes and can handle it."


West Brom loan watch: Find out how 'lot of a monster' defender is getting on

West Bromwich Albion have a host of players out on loan gaining first team experience at lower league clubs right now.

Today we check up on teenage defender Kyle Howkins who is enjoying a baptism of fire at Kidderminster Harriers in a National League relegation battle.

The 21-year-old centre-half initially joined Harriers on a 28-day youth loan last month. That has now been extended to January 2.


After a testing debut in Harriers' 3-0 FA Cup defeat at lower-graded rivals Stourbridge, he has started to find his feet in non league football's top division.

In his three league games, Harriers have recorded their first two victories of the season, keeping clean sheets in both of them as Woking and Aldershot were defeated.

With Jordan Tunnicliffe out injured, Howkins has become a regular alongside experienced defender Kelvin Langmead.

He is an imposing figure for a young lad and has relished the combative nature of non league football.

Kidderminster boss Dave Hockaday said: "He's a lot of a monster, never mind a bit of a monster - he's a big lad, 6ft 5ins.

"He's a big daft, galloot! He's got great height, he's a great athlete, he's big, he's strong he's up for the fight."

Howkins's contribution so far has not been perfect, but what has impressed the Aggborough coaches most is how he takes on board constructive criticism and adapts his game accordingly.

"He's learning all the time so he's made one or two schoolboy errors and that might not just be technically it might be tactically or whatever and we're addressing that so we're ticking the boxes off," said Hockaday.

"What I will say is he's a quick learner so if he does something that needs amending and it's pointed out in the right way, he puts it right . He's a quick learner, he does have masses of potential. West Brom are aware of that, we are aware of that."

Harriers are delighted to have extended the defender's loan and have promised that he will get lots of game-time during his spell at the club.

Hockaday added: "I feel blessed that I've managed to persuade West Brom that he stays here until early January, so he's with us for the next eight games or so and in that time we're going to need him.

"We have to make sure that our five loan signings play and are starters at the moment. Those players have won the jersey and they're doing enough to keep it, so well done to them."



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