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West Ham put faith in Academy starlets

West Ham academy director Tony Carr is confident five of the club's graduates can stamp their mark on the first-team this season, after all were awarded professional contracts. Under-18 captain Matt Fry, defender Tony Brookes, midfielder Olly Lee, forward Anthony Edgar and Northern Ireland winger Daniel Kearns have all been given a vote of confidence.

"These contracts are a reward for their efforts in the academy," Carr told the club's official website.

"All five of them have made great improvements during their time with me and the coaches and have fully justified the deals they have signed.

"I spoke with Gianfranco and his coaching staff top discuss these players from the academy that I believed should be rewarded and Matt, Tony, Olly, Daniel and Anthony all have what it takes.

"It's now up to them to show the first team coaching staff what they can do and prove themselves all over again."

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