Page proud of Academy's season

Lewis Page rounded off a fine season in the Hammers Academy by being nominated for the Academy Player of the Year award.

Although he was beaten to the prize by Josh Cullen, defender Page was still proud of a campaign in which he appeared in close to 20 U18s matches, as well as turning out for the Development Squad on five occasions.

With both teams enjoying success this season too, Page will look back on 2013/14 with some satisfaction before building for next season.

"It was a very good season," he explained. "We've made a big step in the right direction with the U18s and U21s.

"The U18s made it to the Play-Offs and the U21s have had younger players pushing up and doing well at that level.

"There's a slight difference in the physicality and the speed of the game between the two levels. There are more tactics involved but I've felt comfortable, helped by my teammates and coaches.

"Hopefully I can kick on with the U21s next year and cement my place there again.

"Obviously first team is the ultimate aim and hopefully I can take any chances that come my way.

"It was a privilege to be at the Player Awards. Just to be nominated as one of the Academy Players of the Year was a great achievement. It was great to share the experience with my teammates too."