Goalkeeper Clarke Bogard has joined Ryman North Division side Tilbury FC.
Second year scholar Bogard, joins the Dockers on loan all season with an option to recall at any time. He made six U18 appearances last season as well as a brief loan at Huddersfield Town in December 2014.
He faced competition with Sam Howes, Danny Boness and Nathan Parsons last season but with Howes likely to play for the U21s and Parsons departing the club that leaves Boness as the likely first choice goalkeeper. Third-year Tim Brown is also eligible as an overage goalkeeper, plus U16s Mitchell Ware, Tyler Forde and Jake Leonard.
Mark Phillips’ U18s make the trip to Fulham tomorrow to kick off their season. Aside from Bogard out on loan, they also miss Anthony Scully through injury, with the Irish midfielder still out with a broken leg.
Following the trip to Motspur Park, the U18s will play their first home game at Little Heath against Tottenham. They’ll then finish off the month with a trip to Colney Training Centre to play Norwich.
Meanwhile, the U21s play their first game of the season on Monday 17th August against West Bromwich Albion’s Development Squad, hosted at Tamworth FC’s stadium, The Lamb Ground. Their first home game will be at Rush Green against Aston Villa the following Monday, with their final game of the month on that Friday against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
It is definitely set to be an exciting season for the academy, with plenty of exciting young players ready to step up at all levels.
As well as that, an U15 side is competing at the International Swiss U16 Cup. Unfortunately, the young Hammers have lost both of their games today against FC Zurich U16 and SK Rapid Wien U16 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. They face Special Guest Team Indien at 14:00 and Team Liechtenstein at 17:00.
West Ham United U15s: Harry Payne, Serine Sanneh, Reece Hannam, Ajibola Alese, Harry Hudson, Sam Caiger, Ethan Miller, Emmanuel Longelo, Jade Mingi, Louis Watson, Daniel Chesters, Seth Lisumbu, Jeremy Ngakia, Gael Kileba, Amadou Diallo, Jake Giddings, Harrison Ashby, Kevin Dalipi, Odisseas