Jeffery heads for Eastbourne

West Ham United teenager Jack Jeffery is hoping to make a goal-scoring debut after signing for Blue Square Premier side Eastbourne Borough on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old frontman is in line to make his bow for the Sports in their home fixture against promotion-chasing Oxford United at Priory Lane after the Gravesend-born player's registration was completed on Tuesday in time for this evening's fixture.

The powerfully-built forward has previously enjoyed loan spells at Blue Square Premier outfit Cambridge United, Blue Square South side Hampton and Richmond Borough and, last season, League One club Leyton Orient. Jeffery, a regular in West Ham's reserve team this season, is excited about the prospect of playing first-team football again.

"It should be good. I have played in the Blue Square Premier before with Cambridge so I know what to expect. It'll be good to get some regular first-team football and I'm looking forward to it.

"I am hoping to get my fitness and get some first-team games under my belt. I want to show people what I'm about and get my face out there and recognised. Being a striker, I obviously want to go there and score as many goals as I can. We've got Oxford at home in my first game and it would be nice to notch on my debut."

Eastbourne go into Tuesday's match 13th in the Blue Square Premier table, 13 points outside the play-off places with 14 matches remaining. Garry Wilson's side went down to a 2-0 league defeat at Kidderminster Harriers in their most recent outing.

Jeffery, whose move means a total of eight West Ham players are now out on loan, pointed out the benefits of playing regular football in front of sizeable crowds and against teams full of experienced professionals and semi-professionals.

"People would be surprised by the standard of the football in the Blue Square. I don't think people appreciate how good it is. There is plenty of football played down there. I would say the only difference between that and playing reserve football for West Ham is that it is quicker, more physical and that you are playing against teams full of men rather than ones with a lot of young players in them. It's probably a bit more demanding."

Jeffery will wear the squad number 38 during his time on the south coast.