West Ham keeper Stech pleased with senior progress

West Ham United goalkeeper Marek Stech is pleased to be involved with the first team squad as Robert Green's understudy.

West Ham United goalkeeper Marek Stech is pleased to be involved with the first team squad as Robert Green's understudy.

He told whufc.com: "[The 2-2 draw with] Newcastle was great. It was my first time on the bench. When I first came here I was nearly on the bench but it didn't happen. I was very pleased that Gianfranco Zola gave me a chance, even if I am so young. It was a great opportunity for me and I was so happy. It was a good experience to see the stadium and take part in the warm-up before the game. The atmosphere was special."

The Czech Under-19 international is one of a talented crop of academy youngsters coming through alongside his contemporaries James Tomkins, Jack Collison and Freddie Sears but has had to be more patient.

"Hopefully I will be on the bench again. If I am called, I will be ready. I have just played another reserve game. If something happened and I had to play I would be ready but Greeny is doing so well."

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