Fred Sears (Striker)
27th Nov 1989 (Hornchurch)Signed:
1st Jul 2007 (£0)Contract:
5 years (signed November 2008)Previous Club:
Young Player of the Year (runner up) 2007/08, 2010/11; Goal of the Season (runner up) 2007/08; Most Improved Player (runner up) 2010/11.
Not for many a year had a youth team product been so keenly anticipated by the Boleyn faithful. When Sears nodded the winner on his first team debut to win all three points against Blackburn years of promise were finally realised - and a new local hero was born.
He went on to become a regular for England youth and was prolific at both reserve and youth team levels during the 2007/08 season, averaging more than a goal per game.
Having spent time on loan at Crystal Palace, Coventry and Scunthorpe, Sears returned to West Ham but failed to secure a first team spot having been unable to replicate the form of his early career - although time is still on his side.