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Scotland Youth Goalkeeper joins West Ham United

West Ham United officially announced the signing of a youth goalkeeper from Scotland, Brian Kinnear.

The young goalkeeper, who graduated from the Rangers’ academy, will be joining West Ham’s under-23 squad following a successful trial with the Academy of Football before signing a contract that will see him remain with the English club till the summer of 2022.

Kinnear previous contract with the Rangers ended this summer, and Steven Gerrard’s team chose not to hand the young goalkeeper a new one. Although the player failed to make a first-team debut for the Scottish giants, he was named in Gerrard’s Europa League squad and made the trip to face Benfica in the European tournament.

The player registered an appearance for the Rangers in their pre-season draw against Aldershot Town, and he will be looking forward to his continuing his career with the Hammers this season.

Speaking about joining West Ham, the 20-year-old goalkeeper said via “I can’t wait to get started. It’s just like being at home to be fair, so it’s been good.

“I’m really happy to be here, I’ve been on trial for a bit and I’m just happy to get it over the line and I can’t wait to get started,” Kinnear told West Ham TV.

“The first day I came in I thought I did really well and then they asked me to come back in and then that was me, I was happy then. 

“It’s a change, obviously having to move away from home, the first time I’m having to do that. I’m coming from a big club like Rangers up in Scotland – coming down here to a great club especially coming from one, you don’t usually get the chance to move to another one, so I’m happy to be here.”

The player was previously sent out on loan to Annan Athletic this year before the Scottish club decided to release him. He went to Birmingham City for a trial, before he was snatched by West Ham who saw his potential and landed him a new contract at the London Stadium.

Kinnear will be joining the likes of Armstrong Oko-Flex and Pierre Ekwah in West Ham’s development squad this summer, with the potential to break into the Premier League.

The Scottish youngster believes that he has some qualities that could be developed by the Hammers’ goalkeeper coaches. He said via best real money casinos: “I’m big strong, athletic, pretty good at shot-stopping which is a good thing to be as a goalie, I’m good with the ball at my feet, but all round good. 

“I’m really looking forward to it. The goalies you’ve got here are world-class and I’m hoping I get the opportunity to go around and train with them and see how they do it.

“For me, my short-term goals are to get consistent game time moving forward and taking it step-by-step. I don’t want to look too far into the future, I have more short-term goals and hopefully, I can push on and see what happens.”



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