Alfie Lewis has signed his first professional contract at West Ham.
The 17-year-old has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal after stringing together a series of solid displays in the youth ranks this season.
The Hammers confirmed the news on their official club website on Wednesday in which they dubbed Lewis as a “highly-rated central-midfielder” and that the deal “will keep him at the Club until 2020”.
Lewis was understandably delighted with his new contract.
“It’s great news. This is the contract you always want when you first join the Club. I’ve done my scholarship and now I’m on my pro deal, so I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
The midfielder has been a key part in the Hammers’ Under-18 squad this term and also picked up a handful of appearances in the Under-23 side which was promoted to Division One in Premier League 2 thanks to a play-off final win over Newcastle.
Lewis took part in three matches in the EFL Cup, which has controversially included the development squads of top teams for the first time this season.
He played in the losses to Coventry and Wycombe and also took part in all 120 minutes of the penalty shoot-out win over Northampton.
The teenager made 13 appearances in the Under-18 league this term, scoring two goals and supplying two assists.
West Ham pride themselves on the high quality of their academy and have introduced some of England’s finest players all throughout it’s history.
However fans have been left worried about the development of youngsters recently as Hammers co-owner David Gold made a shocking claim about how he doesn’t expect them to break into the first-team.