Kurucz gets first taste

Peter Kurucz got his first taste of the West Ham United senior set-up on Saturday afternoon after travelling with the first team to Bolton Wanderers.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper has joined on loan from Ujpest in his native Hungary until the end of the season with a view to a permanent transfer. An Under-21 international, Kurucz warmed up with No1 Robert Green and understudy Jan Lastuvka as goalkeeping coach Ludek Miklosko put the shot-stoppers through their paces.

Kurucz , who has played nine times in the Hungarian top flight, made his first West Ham United appearance in midweek during a reserve-team friendly, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at Fulham. The other player not to feature in Gianfranco Zola's matchday 18 this weekend was 19-year-old winger Junior Stanislas.