Blair Turgott is unlikely to forget the last two days in a hurry, as the 18-year-old winger put pen to paper on a new two-year-deal with an option for a third, before promptly smashing a brilliant hat-trick at the Boleyn Ground.

They are the latest landmarks in an already momentous season for the young man, who played his part in Bradford City's remarkable run to the Capital One Cup final.

Turgott's triple in a 3-1 friendly win over Queens Park Rangers also marked his first strikes at the Boleyn Ground, and the Hammers starlet is expecting Tuesday's goalscoring exploits to become a more regular occurrence.


"It's going well at the moment and that's a great way to celebrate signing a new contract," he told West Ham TV. "It just shows that I've got to really push on from now and then the hard work starts again. But it's a good way to mark the new deal.

"I've been at West Ham ever since I was little, so to sign for another two years is a great opportunity for me and just another stepping stone for me to push on in the future.

"West Ham is all I know, so this has been good for me, learning my trade here and trying to make myself a better player. Ultimately, this is the club that I want to be at and that's why I've signed the contract.

"I thank the management staff for giving me the opportunity to show what I'm about and hopefully in these two years I can repay the favour and show what type of player I am and hopefully push on from there."

Though Turgott opted not to celebrate any of his three goals in the behind-closed-doors contest, he was nevertheless thrilled to impress in the company of several senior players, as he basked in the glory of three superlative strikes.

"The first one, the ball just came to me on the edge of the box and I thought why not, have a shot," he added. "The second one I knew what I was going to do, I tried to get it onto my right foot, and like the third, I just hit it really. Luckily every time I hit it, it went in!

"This is the first time I've scored at Upton Park, I've played in youth team games and a couple of Development Squad games but it's good to get my first goals here and hopefully the first of many.

"I remember last season I scored two against Dagenham and Redbridge. They were two good goals, but obviously a hat-trick is even better and to get it here is even sweeter.

"It's always good to play alongside the senior boys and have that experience of seeing what it's all about. QPR had a few senior players out in their team, so you can measure yourself up against the first-team players, which is good. Ultimately it's just about me, what I can do and showing what I'm about."

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