West Ham youngster Joe Powell has agreed a one-year contract extension, the club’s official website has confirmed. The young midfielder puts pen-to-paper on a short-term extension with West Ham.
Powell has been given another year to prove himself at West Ham. The 20-year-old midfielder made his first-team debut last season as he continues to push forward.
He told whufc.com: “I’m delighted as I’ve got another year now to try and prove myself and hopefully this is the one where I push on into the first-team squad.
“I can’t wait for pre-season to start now and hopefully I can have a much better season than I did last year, then West Ham will want me to stay for the long term.”
Joe Powell at West Ham
Powell joined West Ham as a schoolboy and has come through the ranks in East London. Earlier this season, he was thoroughly impressing for the U23 squad and caught Manuel Pellegrini’s eye.
With seven goals and six assists in the Premier League 2, the left-footed midfielder showed his class. And this earned him his first-team debut in claret and blue.
Powell made his debut under the lights in the EFL Cup victory over Macclesfield Town. He came on for the final half hour and provided two assists (both for Grady Diangana) to help West Ham to an 8-0 victory.
Joe Powell on loan
In January, West Ham sent Powell on loan to Northampton Town. He played 10 League Two games, scoring twice and providing one assist.
After his short stint with the Cobblers, Powell heads back to West Ham and will hope to impress in pre-season. Whether West Ham keep him for the first-team squad or loan him out remains to be seen.
But next season is make or break for Powell. West Ham have invested one more year in the local boy and he will need to impress to convince the club to keep him on beyond summer 2020.