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Duo join Wanderers on loan

Filed: Wednesday, 2nd August 2017
By: Staff Writer

Under 23 stars Reece Burke and Josh Cullen have joined Championship club Bolton Wanderers on loan for the remainder of 2017.

The two youngsters have featured predominantly for the first team during pre-season but have been sent on loan to the second division club for the first half of the 2017/18 campaign in order to further their development.

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Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said: "This is a perfect opportunity for Reece and Josh to continue the fantastic progress they have made in recent seasons.

"They are both very promising young players, who have shown that they have the right attitude, temperament and quality to have a successful future at West Ham United if they continue in the same manner.

"I have been really impressed with the impact they have made with us during pre-season but it is important that they continue to play serious, competitive football at this stage of their development.

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“I have had a few good, long chats with them both recently – they know what they have to do, and we agreed that playing regularly at this level will be far more beneficial for them.

"The Championship will give them the opportunity to test themselves against teams and players who will be fighting to get to the Premier League, and it will be a great experience for them."

“Bolton are a good club with an excellent manager in Phil Parkinson, who knows both Reece and Josh well, and we will be keeping a very close eye on their progress.

“I wish them all the very best in this adventure, and we look forward to welcoming them back to the Club next year.”

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Trotters boss Phil Parkinson added: "We’ve worked with Reece and Josh before and are very pleased to get them on board.

"We’d like to thank West Ham and Slaven for sending the boys up to us at the start of the week because that’s important for our preparation for the first game of the season.

"They are good characters but more importantly good players. They’ll add a lot of quality to the squad and have a desire to show everybody that they can play at this level."

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