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New deal for Johnson

Filed: Wednesday, 20th March 2019
By: Staff Writer

Teenage defender Ben Johnson has signed a new contract with West Ham - just a month after making his first team debut.

The 19-year-old full back made his first appearance in the 1-0 defeat at Manchester City last month. a performance for which he received much praise from fans and pundits alike.

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And now Johnson - who has been at West Ham since the age of just seven - has extended his stay by signing a new deal tying him to the club until the summer of 2022.

"Extending my stay here is fantastic news for me and my family.," he told whufc.com. "I'm so privileged and blessed to be playing for West Ham; itís great and I'm very proud.

"Itís been a rollercoaster; coming here at seven, [moving] through the age groups and really pushing on. Itís been a great journey, and I look back now to see how far I've actually come.

"There are so many who have helped me along the way, I canít say them all! Jimmy Hampshier, Ian Yuill, Danny Searle, James Gritt, Liam Manning, Pottsy, Mark Phillips, Terry Westley (pictured above)Ö so many."

Although he hasn't featured for the first XI since making his debut, hopes are high that Johnson will push on and become just the latest home-grown youngster to emerge from West Ham's Academy.

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