Boffin learning fast

Ruud Boffin should get another run-out in West Ham United colours on Monday night with the friendly match away to Dagenham and Redbridge.

The 6'5 young goalkeeper is settling well into life in east London, and has yet to concede a goal in helping the reserves to two fine wins in the Barclays Premier Reserve League.

Rival keepers Robert Green and Marek Stech are away on international duty - Stech could figure for the Czech Republic in a vital UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off second leg at home to Greece tonight while Green is with England for tomorrow's home UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro - meaning he is the most senior keeper at Chadwell Heath.


With those two in fantastic form so far this season, Boffin knows he has to bide his time but is prepared to be patient as he works day in, day out with goalkeeping coach David Coles. He does not turn 23 until next month so time is certainly on his side.

"It is going very well, it is a big difference for me here in England but I am enjoyingtraining with Robert and Marek. I have an apartment now and my girlfriend and my little boy are here with me."

The Belgian has received promising notices as an emerging shot-stopper in Dutch football, spending the latter part of last season at Eredivisie outfit VVV-Venlo on loan from MVV Maastricht. He admits that the Barclays Premier League is another level, but is up for the challenge.

His progress to date has certainly helped with Boffin relishing last week's 1-0 win away to Liverpool. "It was a good game. We played very well and won. The more you play, the more experience you can get, it was a very nice experience. This is all very different for me from what I am used to so it is good to play as many games as I can."

"It is nice for the fans to see me and that I have been working hard in training. I think they like what I am doing."