Sebastian Lletget has his sights firmly set on making his senior West Ham United bow after putting pen to paper on a new two-year professional contract with the club.

The 20-year-old American has become an almost permanent fixture in the Development Squad, catching many an eye, including that of Sam Allardyce, with his stylish displays in the heart of midfield.

Lletget, who hails from San Francisco, is already hopeful of a Hammers career that spans long beyond the next two seasons, but for now, he will settle for a first-team outing of any sort, having been an unused substitute five times already this term.

"I sure feel my debut's coming," he told West Ham TV. "All I can do is get my head down and keep doing what I'm doing. I know it will come. As long as the first-team keeps getting results, we'll get in a comfortable position, which is what the whole club wants. Then I'm sure I'll get my chance.

"It has been what, five years or something like that at West Ham and I just wish I can stay here for as long as I can.

"I was quite relieved [to sign the new deal]. Obviously my contract was running up this year. So in the first half of this season, I was just trying to impress the manager really, and fortunately everything worked out.

"I've really enjoyed my football to be honest. Every experience I get, even with the first team if I don't get on, I try to use it to my advantage and use it as a good experience."

Lletget played an integral part in the Development Squad's charge to the top of the Barclays U21 Premier League National Group One prior to Christmas, success that he puts down to an inspired team spirit.

The American, however, is not ruling out the possibility of swapping the Hammers' U21s for a loan spell elsewhere, having watched his counterparts Paul McCallum, Rob Hall and Blair Turgott each enjoy considerable success in the npower Football League.

"Fortunately, I think I've been blessed to play with a lot of great team-mates and in the beginning half of the season our chemistry was on point and I really enjoyed it to be honest.

"Sooner or later, a club will show some interest, and it will be the right move, a good loan wouldn't be a bad idea.

"My mind is a bit settled. I feel good at the moment, everything's working out."

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