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Burke signs professional contract

BurkeWest Ham United have announced that Reece Burke has signed his first professional contract with the Club after previously attracting interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

The 18-year-old defender has already made two appearances for the first team, and has now signed a contract which will keep him at the Boleyn Ground until 2017.

The Newham-born player joined the Hammers at the age of nine and made his first team debut in the FA Cup at Nottingham Forest last season whilst still a first-year scholar.

In pre season he traveled to New Zealand and Germany with the first team, and scored a goal in the 3-2 victory over UC Sampdoria at the Boleyn Ground.

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He told West Ham TV: “It’s a great achievement for me. My first professional contract for the Club and to sign for a great Club like this is really good.

“I started off pre-season away with the first team and obviously did quite well there, came back, scored my first debut goal and have just carried on from there. I’m doing well, and I’m just glad it’s come to this.”

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter