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If the kids are United

Filed: Wednesday, 30th July 2008
By: Staff Writer

Alan Curbishley says he is looking forward to following the progress of the club's recent Academy acquisitions from abroad - and the prospect of further arrivals.

Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (Iceland), Balint Bajner (Hungary), Filip Modelski (Poland, yet to be officially confirmed) and previously, goalkeeper Marek Stech (Czech Republic) are all at West Ham's Academy which expanded its reach recently with the arrival of United's first Technical Director, Gianluca Nani, whose brief it it to bring the best young European talent to East London.

With more possible future stars set to follow from both the UK and abroad, Alan Curbishley admits to being excited by the prospect.

The boys are young, but they do have a lot of potential," he told the Ilford Recorder. "We have done a little bit of work in this area and have got at least four youngsters into the club so far. We are looking to do some more.

"[Holmar] is young, a good athlete and a good shape. He would have come on the American trip, only he picked up a little groin strain. But what he has shown us in training already has delighted all of us.

"[Balint] is a big centre forward. Tony Carr and the Academy department were very impressed with him, and he deserved a chance at the club."

Meanwhile 18-year-old Stech was a 70th-minute replacement for Robert Green in Tuesday night's 2-0 pre-season friendly win at Peterborough.

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