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West Ham defender Josh Pask signs three-year deal with Coventry City
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West Ham defender Josh Pask signs three-year deal with Coventry City

Josh Pask has found a new club since leaving West Ham. Coventry City have announced the signing of Pask on the club’s official website.

Pask will join Coventry when his West Ham contract expires at the end of June. He will then complete his free transfer to Coventry, where he has signed a three-year deal.

Upon signing Pask, Coventry manager Mark Robins told ccfc.co.uk: “He is a strong and versatile defender, who has a maturity to himself and his game beyond his years.

“Coming through the West Ham Academy, he is a player with great pedigree and has experience of this league already, and I hope Josh will prove a great asset for us.”

Josh Pask at West Ham

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Pask joined West Ham as an 8-year-old and has progressed through the ranks in East London. The local lad was a regular in the academy sides but he never made his first-team debut.

While he was with the Hammers, Pask had two loan spells away from the club. In the 2015/16 season, he played six times for Dagenham & Redbridge on loan. And then he made 15 appearances for League One side Gillingham the following year.

Unfortunately, injuries have hampered Pask’s progress at a vital time in his career. After failing to step up to the Premier League, West Ham have let the young defender leave to pursue his career elsewhere.

Coventry City: Good move for Josh Pask

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Pask has joined Coventry, who play in League One. The Sky Blues have a talented young team and finished just short of the play-offs last season. Therefore, Pask is likely to be involved in a promotion bid next term.

Unfortunately, Coventry are in turmoil off the pitch. The West Midlands club have been uprooted and taken away from The Ricoh Arena for the second time in the last few years; they will play at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s Stadium next season.

But on the pitch, this is a good move for Pask. He can develop under impressive manager Robins and ex-Chelsea youth coach Adi Viveash. And a three-year deal is usually rare for the third tier of English football, showing how Coventry have high hopes for him.

Pask was always considered one of West Ham’s top prospects. The centre-back stands at a towering 6ft 2in tall which helps him dominate in the air. But he is also a ball-playing defender who could charge out of defence and pick passes.

The 21-year-old is also young and versatile. At Coventry, he could deputise for Fankaty Dabo at right-back or even slot in as a holding midfielder if Robins needs more options.