Awards night success for loan star Burke

West Ham loan star Reece Burke picked up seven awards at Bradford City's presentation evening
West Ham loan star Reece Burke gained recognition for his fantastic season at Bradford City by winning seven awards on Tuesday night at the club’s presentation evening.
The 19-year-old Academy product collected the main accolade – club Player of the Year – as well as similar awards from a number of supporters’ clubs.
Also picking up the Most Consistent Player prize, it was a terrific evening overall for the defender who has made 34 appearances for the Bantams this season.
After collecting the awards, the centre-back said: “To win seven, I don’t know what to say. It’s a big achievement for me. I couldn’t thank people enough; my family and people who have voted for me.
“The aim when moving to Bradford was to get a few league games under my belt but I’ve come a long way since then! I’ve played quite a few and it’s great to win Player of the Year.
“It means a lot for my family to be here when I collected my awards. We’re very close. My Dad comes up for most games and travels back, so it’s hard work for him, but if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be the man I am today.
“I think working with the manager and being around the players has helped me develop. I’ve grown up quite quick on the pitch and it’s been a great season for me.”
Burke is just one of many promising Hammers who have been successful out on loan this term; Josh Cullen has impressed alongside him at Bradford while Elliot Lee and Kyle Knoyle have done well at Colchester United and Dundee United respectively.
City manager Phil Parkinson was full of praise for the pair of Hammers, who have grown up at the Academy of Football, he has had at his disposal this season.
“We have been delighted with the progress that both Burke and Cullen have made since arriving at the club,” he said.
“Obviously Reece came up first towards the start of the season and he settled in well with the rest of the players and in the area itself.
“The exact same can be said about Josh when he joined too. They have performed excellently for us during their time here and they are both examples of the young players West Ham United are trying to produce. They are a credit to their Club.”
In his first full season in senior football, Burke played three times for the Hammers in their Europa League ties at the start of the season, before joining the play-off chasing League One side.
His loan move, which has seen the rising star become a fans’ favourite at Valley Parade, came on the back of six impressive displays in Claret and Blue for the first team at the tail end of last term.
Bradford City are currently fifth in League One and look set for a play-off campaign, having narrowly missed out last term, in a bid to win promotion to the Championship.