Bermudian goalkeeper Nathan Trott signs with West Ham until 2024
Bermudian goalkeeper Nathan Trott has signed a contract extension with West Ham United until the summer of 2024, with a further two-year option, the English Premier League club confirmed yesterday.
Trott, who has appeared for England at under-20 level, made his first-team debut for the East London club in an Emirates FA Cup third-round win over Doncaster Rovers at the London Stadium in January 2021. He will continue his development under the guidance of goalkeeper coach Xavi Valero, while serving as understudy to first-team regular Lukasz Fabianski and his deputies, Alphonse Areola and Darren Randolph.
The 23-year-old endured a difficult loan period last season with Nancy in the French second division — the former powerhouse club that produced Michel Platini being relegated into the Championnat National for the first time in their history — but is looking forward to continuing his journey with West Ham.
“It’s been very positive vibes since I’ve been back and, seeing how the team’s been performing over the last two or three years, I think it’s something I’ve always wanted to be a part of,” Trott told the official West Ham website. “I’m really happy that the club value me and have invested time in me to hopefully push me in the team in the future.”
Under David Moyes, West Ham have made themselves a force in the Premier League, threatening for long periods last season to break into the top four. They ultimately finished seventh and enjoyed a profitable run in Europe before losing to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-finals.
Trott appreciates that it may take some time to challenge for the No 1 jersey, but also that the life of a goalkeeper is significantly longer than outfield players.
“I came in at 16 and I’m going on 24 next season, so it’s a big part of my life and somewhere that I call home now,” he said. “It’s good for me to be a part of it and it’s like a big family for me. Being here so long just keeps me pushing to want to strive and help the team out, which is the same goal I’ve had since I signed the first day.
“We’ve got Lukasz, Alphonse and Darren here as well, so I’m just going to try and push them as much as I can. I’m at that age now when I’ve got a lot more experience and appearances under my belt, so I feel like I’m a lot more mature than I was and I feel like I’ve gotten everything I need to know. The next step for me is to just try and impress as much as I can in the preseason games and hopefully catch the manager’s eye.
“I try not to think about age too much. I just think, at this time, for goalkeepers it’s a long career and 23, 24 is very young for a goalkeeper.”
Valero believes Trott will continue to improve and develop at West Ham.
"Nathan is a promising young goalkeeper, with a bright future,” the Spaniard said. “He’s got a fantastic attitude to his day-to-day work — he just wants to keep learning and improving, and working with the group of keepers we have here at West Ham will only help his development.
“At 24, he’s still relatively young for a goalkeeper. We’re excited about seeing him progress over the course of the coming years.”
Trott has had a previous loan spell with AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League Two to go with eight England Under-20 caps and 60 appearances for West Ham in the under-23 Professional Development League.