West Ham may be on their way to the showpiece stadium of British sport as a new home and sitting in a lofty sixth place in the Premier League but they haven’t forgotten their roots.
For last week a new clutch of highly promising youngsters were signed as the club strengthened from the bottom up.
Co-chairman David Gold told ClaretandHugh: “I was at the training ground when the youngsters were signed up – some as young as 16, all excited and ready to prove themselves.
“We are all excited about the immediate future but we will continue to plough funds into the academy and bring in the brightest prospects we can find.
“We already have some fabulous young players knocking on the door – their chances are increasing of breaking through and we want competition at all levels as we aim to become a truly big club.
“It’s great to see these youngsters signing up – we are developing at all levels.”