West Ham United youngster Dan Potts has extended his contract with the Club until June 2015 with an option for a further year.

The 20-year-old defender, who made two first team appearances last term, is delighted to have put pen to paper on his new deal with a sustained first team breakthrough his aim for the season ahead.

Potts has come through the ranks at the Boleyn Ground, emulating his father Steve, who is now the Academy's Under-18s coach.

The left-back expects 2014/15 to prove pivotal in his development in east London and is keen to hit the ground running when pre-season gets underway on 3 July.

He told West Ham TV: "I'm very excited to have signed the new contract. We're into the summer break now and it's good to put pen to paper.

"I'm looking forward to pre-season already and can't wait to get back going. Hopefully I can get a good pre-season under my belt and push into the season itself.

"It's going to be a massive year for me personally. Not only for the Club, but also from my point of view it's a big year and I'm hoping to push on this pre-season and force my way into the team.

"If I can get into the manager's eyes, hopefully I can be in with a shout going into the first game of the season."

Potts made his first team debut in the 2011/12 Championship Play-Off winning campaign and after fleeting moments of action to total 12 appearances, he sees this as the time to grasp his opportunity.

He added: "The last few years I've had a couple of games here and there, but from my point of view I want to be playing week in, week out. There's no better league to do that than the league we're in and growing up around West Ham, around the Club and as a fan myself, it would be a dream come true to be playing week in week out for this Club in the Premier League.

"I think pre-season says it all, especially as a younger player. It's a great opportunity if you manage to play a couple of games, to get in the manager's eyes. That's where it will all start."