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It’s official – young defender quits the Irons

It’s official!

Harrison Ashby has left the club for Newcastle as ClaretandHugh explained he would be two or three months ago.

Having picked up £3 million for him from the dubious cash reserves of the Saudi Arabian owned Magpies is not good news on any front Рeither from a footballing point of view or morally.

Harrison Ashby

But at the end of the day it means that a very good young prospect meant enough to Newcastle to ensure that they were ready to pay more for him than they would probably have got at a tribunal.

Most who have seen him will agree he looks a top right back – a position in which we are struggling although Ben Johnson looked decent against Derby County last night

In confirming the lad’s departure on the official site the Hammers declare that he ¬†progressed through the Academy of Football and made his first-team debut in September 2020 at 18-years-old, featuring in a 3-0¬†Carabao Cup second-round win over Charlton Athletic.

Ashby would make seven first-team appearances in all competitions for the Hammers; three in the Carabao Cup, three in European competitions, and one in the Premier League.

We do whilst expressing our sadness that he wasn’t given a bigger shot at things with the Hammers.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon