West Ham United youngster, Josh Cullen has laid down his ambitions for next season, stating that he wants to be around the first-team picture.
Making the step up
Cullen is highly regarded in East London, and impressed many outside the club with his loan spell with Bradford City in the last campaign.
He spent the last four months on loan with the Phil Parkinson's side, and was key in helping them to reach the League One play-offs.
Speaking at the opening of the new club store, Cullen stated his intentions to try and break into Slaven Bilic's side.
Cullen told whufc.com that "the aim" is to be "in and around the first team squad" having been "on the bench" a few times. He believes it is "time to kick on" with a "good loan spell" under his belt.
He continued, saying he needs to "make sure" that he tries to "cement" his place and that his time at Bradford helped him "gain experience" and "learn more about the game".
Cullen believes it helped him "grow up as a player" and will be looking to "make an impression during pre-season".
Signing the forms
West Ham are well known for their youth system, and they have added to that with Conor Coventry signing a scholarship with the club.
The 16-year-old midfielder has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level, and shared his delight at signing a deal with the Hammers.
Coventry said that it was a "big day" for him and said that it was a "honour" to sign a deal.
He feels it is "great to see" so many youngsters "coming through the club" as it gives him "something to aim for" and it is looking "very good for the future".
West Ham United will take on Juventus at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the Betway Cup, on Sunday, August 7 with kick-off at 1:30pm BST.