West Ham United's tour of Germany represents a golden chance for youngster Pelly Ruddock.

The midfielder has been named as part of the squad to take on FSV Mainz, Hamburger SV and Eintracht Braunschweig in pre-season matches as the Hammers prepare for the new Barclays Premier League campaign.

Ruddock is yet to make his senior bow in claret and blue, but will look to make the most of an eleven-day period spent around the first team squad and manager Sam Allardyce.

He was a regular for the U21s side last season and believes that base of experience will help him in his quest to keep on progressing.


"It's going to be good in Germany," he beamed. "Hopefully I'll play a few games, and get minutes under my belt to show the manager what I can do.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know the players a bit more.

"It helps to play with experienced players around you. I'm developing well and being involved around the first team can only help.

"We're playing Mainz on Saturday and I'm hoping to be involved. That's the manager's decision, but I'll do my best in training and see what happens from there."

Ruddock has already featured twice in pre-season this summer, skippering the team at his former side Boreham Wood, before making a substitute appearance at Colchester United.

He was delighted to feature at his old stamping ground in the 3-0 victory and says the first few weeks of training have gone to plan.

He continued: "Pre-season has been good, I was involved in the first team game at Boreham Wood, training has been alright and I'm getting the fitness back.

"I think I have pushed on a lot since I joined the Club, and I'm just hoping that continues. I'm just going to keep on working hard, keep my fitness and strength up and go from there.

"It was good to play at Boreham Wood as they brought me up for two years. I'm happy that they're doing well and it was nice to captain the side there."