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Two year deal for young prospect

Filed: Thursday, 25th January 2018
By: Staff Writer

Ben Johnson has been awarded his first professional contract by West Ham United.

The 18-year-old full back, who first joined the Hammers as an eight-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year deal that ties ties him to the club until 2020, at the earliest.

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Having established himself in the club's Under 23 side in the opening half of the current campaign, Johnson also made the first team bench for the first time at Manchester City last month - and says that's where he aims to be again before too long.

"It's a good feeling to stay here," he told West Ham's website. "I just want to get my head down, enjoy my football and take it season by season which I've been doing.

"I have to credit Mark [Phillips] and Steve [Potts] for sticking me at right-back, and Iíve kicked-on from there. Itís helped me get to where I am now.

"Last season I spoke to Arbeloa and Iíve since spoken to Sam [Byram] and Zabaleta as well. Theyíre all nice people and they have helped me. Itís good experience learning from someone whoís won multiple titles - thatís what I aspire to do."

Johnson, who is currently sidelined through injury now hopes to emulate his namesake Glenn Johnson, who made 16 appearances for West Ham's first team before being sold to Chelsea in a £6million deal following West Ham's relegation from the Premiership in 2003.

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