Foxe deal confirmed

  • by Matthew O'Greel
  • Thursday, 3rd August 2000

Australian centre-back Hayden Foxe has finally completed his free transfer to West Ham, as we revealed he would last week.

Foxe, 22, has impressed both management and fans alike in the pre-season games, and was snapped up by the club earlier today.

He was available on a free as his last contract, with J-League outfit Sanfrecce Hiroshima expired last month.

Foxe joins the Hammers as a direct replacement for Neil Ruddock, who left to join Crystal Palace last week. He is seen as one of the outstanding young talents of Australian football.

6'4" Foxe has had a chequered career so far; he first came to Europe as an 18 year old to play for Ajax - a move which turned sour due to a serious ankle injury which briefly threatened his career.

He then moved to Germany to join Armenia Bielefeld for two seasons before moving on to Japan.

Arik Benado, the other centre-back currently on trial at Upton Park spoke today of his wish to secure a permanent contract at the club.

"At the moment, all I have to do is train and try not to think about something that is no longer in my hands" he said.

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