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Reece bids farewell ahead of City switch

Filed: Tuesday, 10th July 2018
By: Staff Writer

Academy defender Reece Burke has taken to social media in order to say "goodbye" to West Ham and the club's supporters.

Burke, who first arrived at Chadwell Heath as a nine-year-old before rising through the Academy ranks has joined Hull City for an undisclosed after being made surplus to requirements at West Ham, for whom he made 14 first team appearances.

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And prior to making the switch, the 21-year-old centre half thanks the club and its fans for their support during his formative years.

"I achieved my dream of playing in the Premier League for my boyhood club and scoring a winner in front of the home fans," he wrote on Twitter.

"That is a moment I will never ever forget. But I feel right now is the time I need to move on as a player to further my career.

"The club will always have a special place in my heart and I would like to thank everyone at West Ham and all of the fans that have supported me at my time at this amazing club."

Born in Newham, Burke made his first team debut in the infamous 5-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest in January 2014, a game in which then-manager Sam Allardyce was accused of using Academy players to highlight the lack of investment in the first team.

The following season (2014/15) he made six first team appaearances, five of which came in the Premier League towards the end of the campaign.

However any hopes that Burke may have finally broken into the first team set-up were swiftly when he was sent on loan to Bradford after appearing in three Europa League games; he was to feature 36 times for the Bantams that season.

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Back at West Ham again in time for the start of the 2016/17 Europa League campaign, Burke played both legs of the ill-fated tie against Astra Giurgiu but was sent to Wigan on a season-long loan just a matter of weeks later.

Last season was also away form West Ham, with Burke enjoying a half-season loan at Bolton before returning again to West Ham when he scored his first and only goal for the club - a late winner in the otherwise forgettable Carabao Cup defeat of Shrewsbury Town.

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