Oxford collects Dylan Tombides Award

Reece Oxford collected the Dylan Tombides Award at Wednesday's Player Awards night
Reece Oxford was delighted to collect the Dylan Tombides Award as the Club recognised his outstanding breakthrough season with the Academy.

16-year-old Oxford could not be at Wednesday's Player Awards in person due to his commitments with the England U17 team at the European Championship finals - another sign of his wonderful progress in 2014/15.

Having been named on the first team bench on five occasions, captained the U21s throughout the season and shone on the international stage, Oxford saw off competition from Jahmal Hector-Ingram and Djair Parfitt-Williams to land the trophy.

Named in memory of the sadly departed Dylan Tombides, this award recognises the Academy Player of the Year, and speaking before he departed for England duty, Oxford spoke of his pride at collecting the trophy.

He said: "I've been striving to get this since I signed my long-term contract at West Ham. I'm just happy that I've got it and I really appreciate it.

"My highlights over the last twelve months have been being on the bench for the first team, captaining England U17s at the age of 15 and getting to the Euro finals.

"Longer-term I want to make my debut for the first team at the Olympic Stadium, or maybe even the Boleyn Ground."