Billy's Choice

Young striker Billy Mehmet, who is being released by the club, is looking at no less than seven possible options as he hopes to continue his career as a professional away from Upton Park.

That news delights Tony Carr, who always does his best to ensure youngsters that move on get alternative employment elsewhere.

Billy went to Lilleshall for two days' training, culminating in a game watched by scouts from all over Britain, and explains: "They are called Exit trials - they weren't too bad. It is players that are looking for clubs and some people that do have contracts but are seeing if they can get better offers.

"I got my results today, and there are seven clubs interested, so I will go on trial for them and see what happens.

"I have Team Bath, Dunfermline, Shrewsbury, Swindon, Bradford, Dundee, and Oldham, so I will go to those clubs to see if I can get any offers, see what the best options are, and if I don't get offered anything I will go lower.

"I think I might be going to Scotland first, and then maybe go to Oldham and Swindon."

Reports did say that he had joined Nuneaton Borough in a permanent move, but Billy says: "I was supposed to go to them but I didn't play in the end because I chose to stay at West Ham and play in the under-19s at the weekend as there were some people coming to watch me."

Billy is reluctantly coming to terms with the fact that he will have to leave Upton Park and he admits: "It is hard to get into the first team. I was lucky to be at the club but I just have to try somewhere else.

"It is disappointing to leave because I have got a lot of mates here from ages ago, people like Daryl McMahon and stuff, but you just have to go somewhere else and meet new people.

"There are loads of players that have done it so I am not going to let it affect me - I will take it as a little blessing in disguise and look to bounce back.

"I certainly don't have any hard feelings towards West Ham - and I hope we stay up."

Billy has previously had a trial with Colchester United, while fellow third year pro Terry Khan, also released, played for Molesey in the Rymans League Division 1 South at the weekend after trials with Southend and Barnet in recent weeks.