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2011-06-06T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T21:29:31

Sadlier ready to shine

Kieran Sadlier has big plans for the future.

The West Ham United Academy midfielder has recently agreed a full-time scholarship with the club and is planning to make a big splash at Under-18 level in the new season.

At the same time, the 16-year-old is also eyeing further honours with Republic of Ireland, the nation he qualifies for through his parents and has already represented at U15, U16 and U17 levels.

Sadlier, who lives in Cambridgeshire, will move into the club's Youth House later this summer. However, the environment is one he knows well as the midfielder has been a regular visitor through the club's day release scheme.

In agreement with his school, Sadlier has been allowed to stay and train with the Hammers every Thursday and Friday, giving him more time to hone his skills at Little Heath.

"It makes my life more relaxed because I don't have to travel down in the mornings to train or to prepare for games," he told West Ham TV.

"I train on Tuesday evenings then I come to the house on a Wednesday after school and I train on a Thursday and a Friday.

"I live about an hour-and-a-half away, so it cuts the time down so I don't have to do as much travelling, really. I can't wait to move in. I already know most of the boys so I'm looking forward to it."

"My school are pretty happy with the day release and support everything I do in my football. You have to stay motivated and do your school work because you never know what might happen. With football, you can have a bad spell, so you have to stay motivated to make sure you get the grades, really."

While his studies remain important to him, Sadlier, who is currently sitting his GCSE examinations, is targeting top marks on the football pitch for both club and country.

Having appeared twice for Ireland in his country's UEFA European U17 Championship qualifiers in September 2010, he is now looking to impress at U18 level ahead of the 2013 UEFA European U19 Championship campaign

"I'll be at Under-18 level with Ireland next year, so not much happens then, but I'll be working hard and trying to push on for the European Under-19 Championship qualifiers the following year."

West Ham TV

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