Update on Dylan Tombides

Dylan Tombides has sent a 'Thank you' message to all the well-wishers supporting him.

The 17-year-old is being treated at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London after doctors advised he needed to have a further course of treatment.

He is getting the best possible care with close support from Academy physiotherapist Jon Urwin, as has been the case since he began chemotherapy in July. The striker was first diagnosed with testicular cancer while on international duty with Australia at the FIFA U17 World Cup in June.

Dylan, who was back at Chadwell Heath again last week, has been a regular face around the club, including taking on many of his team-mates at golf. He remains in good spirits, even with the frustration of not being able to play football after his rapid rise through the Academy ranks.

Away from the club, he is being supported around the clock by mum Tracylee, dad Jim and 15-year-old brother Taylor, who has just broken into the Under-18 side. There has also been the considerable boost of Hammers fans - and many supporters of other clubs - sending him their best regards.

Speaking to whufc.com, Dylan said: "I just want to thank everyone who has been supporting me. There have been so many people and it is hard to keep up with all the messages but it really has meant a lot.

"The club have been great. I have to mention Jon who has been brilliant and has done so much. He comes to the appointments with me and has sorted out everything that we have needed to do.

"All the Academy staff have been great and everyone at the training ground has been really positive. They have just been treating me normally but obviously they all ask me how I am getting on."