West Ham United are delighted to announce that Under-18s striker Jordan Brown has put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the Club.

Brown, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday, has signed a deal that will keep him at the Club until June 2015.

The front man has already made a sizable impact for the U18s after making the move from Arsenal in the summer and has revealed his joy at how well he has settled in at the club.

"It's just the first one [contract], but hopefully I can get many more at the Club" he explained, "I'm happy at the moment, but I've just got to keep going really."

"It was kind of a shaky start to the season. We actually got off to a flier, against Manchester United, a great win at home.

"After that we went through a rough patch, but we've cleaned up our act and in the last seven games we've got five wins and two draws. Everyone's doing alright, and I'm doing alright at the moment as well, so I think I'm on the right path."

An opening day win over Manchester United was the only victory for Steve Potts' side in their opening six Barclays Under-18 Premier League matches.

Since then, both the team and Brown have found their feet with the young Hammers now on a seven-match unbeaten run following last weekend's 3-1 win over Aston Villa..

After failing to find the net early in the season, the striker now has four goals, including the winner in a 3-2 triumph against Tottenham Hotspur, and he feels he has adapted well to a change in style after his summer move.

"I didn't score in the first four games of the season. But in the last seven games, I've got four goals, so I'm happy.

"The Spurs one was big obviously as it's Tottenham, I was really happy with that one. Extra special, definitely, as I always want to beat them!

"I've had to try to adapt my style, see how my team-mates play. Even how I fit into the team really. I didn't really know how I fitted into the team at the start, but right now I know my place and I know what I have to do."

Brown seems to be loving life in Claret and Blue so far, and he believes that he is in the right place for him to develop his talents.

"If you're too ambitious you get ahead of yourself and sometimes that's not good for your development. People at West Ham know what they're doing. They know what it takes.

"Look at how many players West Ham have produced, so you have to be patient and your chance will come.

"I look up to players like Joe Cole and Mark Noble, they set the example as they're still there. It goes to show that the coaches and what they're doing at West Ham is correct. They know what they're talking about, it's good.

"There are definitely opportunities. The gaffer definitely gives the younger boys the opportunities, as he showed in the League Cup. They took their chances, so hopefully more people can take their chances, so that more of us youngsters get another chance to show ourselves, it's a cycle."