Trott signs new West Ham deal
Nathan Trott experienced another “great moment” in his football career after signing a new deal at West Ham United, keeping the goalkeeper at the club until 2022.
The 20-year-old said he is absolutely thrilled to have been rewarded for the “hard work” he has put in during his time at the English Premier League side.
“Signing this new deal is a great moment for me,” Trott said. “When you're working hard every day on the training pitch, trying to perform as best as you can for the manager, and your hard work gets noticed, it's a great feeling.”
Trott joined West Ham in January 2016 on the recommendation of compatriot and former West Ham striker Clyde Best.
He featured on the bench for the senior side three times in the Premier League last season, and continues to make regular appearances for the club's under-23 squad while working with Manuel Pellegrini's squad.
“[Pellegrini] has got a good relationship with the young players in the first team,” Trott said.
“Me and him have spoken a number of times. He's really encouraging. He tells you to be yourself and enjoy football, and just try not to think about it too much.
“He's brought a lot of young players into the first team and gave them chances, so it's a big boost for other young players. It gives them hope that they can do the same.”
Trott has made 12 appearances this season for West Ham, ten in Premier League 2 and twice in the Checkatrade Trophy.
“This season has been quite challenging,” he said. “Because of the schedule, it's a lot harder. When the first team are off, the under-23s are in for either preparation for a game, or have a game the next day, or we have to travel to away games, or things like that.
“At first, it was quite hard to adjust to, but as the season has gone on I've got used to it. It's a great feeling, being involved with top-quality players day in, day out.
“You get to show yourself and improve yourself in front of a good manager.”
Trott has been out of action since suffering a groin injury last December but has returned to training and is keen to get some games under his belt.
“I've been out with a little groin injury, but now I'm getting used to training again,” he said. “Hopefully, I can get back fit and get a good run of games while there's still some games left.
“I want to keep training with the first team, keep improving, and then hopefully be ready for whatever comes next season.”
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