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A Ruud awakening

Filed: Friday, 20th April 2012
By: Staff Writer

Reserve goalkeeper Ruud Boffin has left West Ham after agreeing to terminate his contract.

The 24-year-old, whose contract was due to expire this summer has left the club early having been effectively replaced by Portsmouth's Stephen Henderson, who arrived at the club last month on loan for the remainder of the season.

Boffin, who was signed by Avram Grant in August 2010 on a two-year contract made just three appearances for the first team during his 20-month stay with the Hammers.

The Belgian, who started his career with PSV Eindhoven debuted in a 1-1 draw at Blackburn in December 2010 in his one and only appearance during West Ham's relegation season.

He went on to make two appearances under Sam Allardyce this season - in the League Cup fixture against Aldershot and the FA Cup third round tie at Sheffield Wednesday, which West Ham lost 2-1 and 1-0 respectively.

However the writing was on the wall for Boffin just as soon as the highly-rated Henderson arrived at the club in mid-March, and with no prospects of furthering his career at West Ham has agreed to try his luck elsewhere.

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