Academy youngster Browne pens pro deal

West Ham United are delighted to announce that Academy youngster Marcus Browne has signed his first professional contract with the Club.
The midfielder, who turns 18 next month, now takes the next step in his career with the Club he has been with since the age of eight.
Appearing regularly for the Under-21s this season, and scoring his first goal at that level in the recent 4-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Browne is thrilled to have put pen-to-paper.
He said; "It's a massive opportunity to be at a Club like West Ham at my age. I've been here for a very long time, since I was eight years old, so this is a proud moment for me.
"This is just the start, so I want to kick on and get more contracts in the future and continue to improve.
"I'm very pleased with how I've progressed. I was out for five months last year with a hamstring injury, but I've come back well so I'm happy with that and if I just carry on doing when I'm doing and enjoying football I'll kick on to bigger things."
Browne hailed the influence of Academy Manager Terry Westley in his development, while pointing to the progress made by the likes of Josh Cullen and Reece Oxford as inspiration for his own future.
He added: "Terry has been a massive influence for me since he's come in and has helped me a lot, especially this season. They've helped me get better and better, so it has been good.
"I've played with both Reece Oxford and Josh Cullen so it's good to see where they're at. I'm pleased for both of them and it gives us encouragement that young players can do it, so I'll keep plugging away and hopefully I'll be at the top soon."