Top prospect agrees professional terms


Top prospect agrees professional terms 

Top  prospect Ezra Mayers has agreed professional terms with the Club signing his first professional contract earlier this week.

Top prospect signs professional terms

The 17 year old has so far made 18 appearances for the U18s and was thrilled to move from junior football  at Rush Green.

He has proved himself a strong leader in Kevin Keen’s U18s group after arriving at the academy of football eight years ago.

The youngster has shown himself to be solid in defence with a good range of passing and first agreed scholarship terms ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Since then, the left-sided central defender has appeared in the team’s 11 started each of his side’s  league games this season and shown himself as a reliable performer.

He has been an important player as the under 18s have moved  to the top of the U18 Premier League South Division table and progress to the latter stages of the Premier League Cup, as well as gaining valuable experience in the FA Youth Cup

Mayers declared: “I am very happy and proud to have signed this contract because it is a big moment for me and my family.

“When I got offered my pro deal, I was very excited and happy and told my sisters and my parents. We celebrated straight away!

“I joined West Ham at age eight and have been here ever since, so it makes you very happy to get a reward for the hard work and effort you have put in.

“This season, I have enjoyed the step up to Under-18s football because you get more time to train. You can feel yourself improving and you get a lot more detail from the coaches at West Ham and I feel I am getting better each day.”

Academy Manager Kenny Brown was also proud to see Mayers begin his journey as a young professional.

He said: “Everyone at Chadwell Heath is delighted to see Ezra sign his first professional contract with the Club.

“Ezra has a maturity beyond his years and has showcased his attributes repeatedly as a young defender, impressing at Under-18 level since making his debut as a schoolboy last season.

“A first professional contract is a huge moment for any player and Ezra will know that the next steps of his footballing journey are some of the most important and the hardest.

“His task now is to keep the same impressive mindset of working hard every day to keep growing and learning as a young professional, alongside the full support of everyone at the Academy.

“Ezra and his family hugely deserve this moment, and we are all excited to see what comes next for him at West Ham United.”


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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!"

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