Andrew Moran was hailed as a young player with great potential.
He seems likely to get more chances to impress Graham Potter and the first-team staff in the coming weeks and months.
Moran signed a three-year deal in a week which also saw him score against Crystal Palace Under-21s at Selhurst Park.
The deal underscores Albion’s longer-term hopes for the 18-year-old attacker from Knocklyon in Dublin’s southern suburbs.
Head coach Potter told The Argus: “He’s a young player who we like a lot.
“He developed well in the 23s. I think he has huge potential.
“The contract gives us the time and mechanism to try to fulfill that potential, because that’s what it’s all about at the moment.
“I think he’s still benefiting from the 21s.
“There will be an engagement with us during the course of the season, I’m pretty sure of that, because he has quality.
“But he’s in an area of the pitch where we also have a lot of good players.
“We just have to manage his path and his development.”
Potter’s comments indicated that Moran would not be on loan this month.
He added: “If there’s something that we think is really, really good and it’s going to help, then okay.
“But right now there aren’t really strong talks in that way.
“I think we can be open-minded about that until the window closes.”
Albion have added winger Luca Barrington to their U21 squad.
The 17-year-old comes from Manchester City on a contract until June 2025.
The 21ers play against Liverpool tomorrow (3 p.m.) in Lancing.
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