Coventry City have signed former Hammer Josh Pask on a three-year contract.
The 21-year-old academy product never made a first-team breakthrough with West Ham, but was loaned out to Dagenham & Redbridge in 2015 and Gillingham in 2016-17.
Pask joined the West Ham Academy at the age of eight and worked his way up the ranks at the Hammers. He signed his first professional deal at the age of 17.
Coventry manager Mark Robins said: “I’m pleased we’ve had the opportunity to add Josh to our squad, and look forward to working with him.He is a strong and versatile defender, who has a maturity to himself and his game beyond his years. Coming through the West Ham Academy, he is a player with great pedgree and has experience of this league already, and I hope Josh will prove a great asset for us.”
Pask talking to the Coventry’s official club website after signing said: “I’m proper excited, I found out a few weeks ago. As soon as I found out they were interested in signing me, I couldn’t not take the offer.”
“I thought it was a great club. Obviously, they were pushing for promotion but just missed out on it last year, so I was proper interested and glad I am here now. It was great at West Ham. I was there for a long time, from the age of 8 until now at 21, so a long, long time. I feel like they helped me a lot and got me to the place I am today, so I give them thanks.”
Pask is thought to have earned around £8,000 per week with West Ham but they will not receive any compensation from Coventry. West Ham did not offer Pask a new contract meaning they are not entitled to claim any compensation. Coventry would have been unlikely to offer a contract to Pask if compensation was due.