Hinchy: First team chance all the fuel I need

The men's under-21s face Palace in Premier League 2 on Friday afternoon.

By Charlie Hanson • 26 January 2024

By Paul Hazlewood
Jack Hinchy is helping the under-21s chase success on three fronts.

Albion under-21s skipper Jack Hinchy is using his first-team exposure in recent weeks as all the motivation he needs to help the under-21s continue their fine form.

Albion sit fifth in Premier League 2 ahead of today's game at Crystal Palace, are the only Premier League academy side left in the EFL Trophy and have reached the knockout stages of the Premier League International Cup.

“We’ve shown that we’re one of the best teams with our performances and results," Hinchy said.


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“We’ve got to keep on working to push up the table – as much as fifth might feel like a good position because of the amount of teams, it’s not.

“We want to get as high up the table as possible and when the playoffs come round at the end of the season we want to be in in some good form and hopefully we can do some damage.”

The former Stockport County midfielder made his first appearance for Roberto De Zerbi’s team this season in the 4-2 FA Cup win over Stoke City earlier this month.

By Paul Hazlewood
The 20-year-old came on for the final ten minutes of our 4-2 win at Stoke in the FA Cup.

“I’ve been up with the first team a few times recently and I feel like I am being recognised by the players and staff. I got a few minutes at Stoke in the FA Cup which I felt I did well in, coming on and understanding what the gaffer wants.

“It’s fuelling me, I want more chances to show what I can do."

The 19-year-old doesn't see returning to under-21s duty as a chore though.

“I’ve enjoyed coming back into the under-21s from the first team, I’ve tried to use my experience when I am back in the group.

“I don’t see it as being dropped or anything like that, football is about opportunities and they come at times when you’re least expecting them. I don’t think it’s a negative that I am back with the under-21s. I’ve got to keep pushing and working hard at whatever level I play.”