Burke extends Hammers stay

Promising young defender Reece Burke has re-signed with West Ham and says he is comfortable with the likelihood of being loaned out to a Championship club.

The 19-year-old has put pen to paper in a deal that will see him remain with Slaven Bilic's team until 2020, but seems destined for another year away from his parent club after spending last season with Bradford City in League One.

"This season for me, another loan move may happen for me," he told reporters.

"I think I'm going to try and do Championship – the next step – and see how the season goes. Hopefully playing Championship football and I'll hopefully get another load of games under my belt.

"I want to build on that experience and come back next year even better, just similarly building like I did last season.

"Hopefully I could have a similarly positive season this year in the Championship," the England youth international said, referring to receiving the Bradford City Player of the Year award.

"Obviously as a West Ham fan as well as a player, it's fantastic to be involved with the club during this period," he said about the club's qualification for the Europa League playoffs and moving to a new stadium.

"It's still sinking in to be honest, the move and the changes here. Over time, I really believe everything will settle in, and it will feel like home very, very soon.

"When the league season is really underway I think it will definitely feel more like home," the youngster added.

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