West Ham starlet Reece Oxford has signed his first professional contract with the club today as he turns 17 today.

The versatile England youth international has been tipped as a star of the future for the national side following his breakthrough season at Upton Park.

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A centre-back by trade, Oxford has been deployed in central midfield early in his West Ham career, and has six first-team appearances this season, becoming the club’s youngest-ever player in the process.

The England U19 international spoke to WHUFC.com on his birthday about what it felt like to sign pro terms with West Ham.

“I am over the moon to have signed a professional contract. I have been waiting for over a year now to become a pro and I am really happy.

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“I always get reminded that I did so well against Arsenal and I have to pinch myself that I did okay against the top players.

“I hope I showed my potential and hopefully I can kick on this season and get some more games for the first-team.

“Sometimes players can fall off a bit when they sign a big deal, but I just want to get better and progress as a player. I want to start in the Premier League and sign longer for the Club.”