By Dominic Toner

Defender Josh Pask has joined Gillingham on a season-long loan from West Ham, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

The 18-year-old centre-back recently signed a contract extension at the Hammers which keeps him at the club until 2019.

West Ham have confirmed on their official Twitter account that a deal has been agreed for Pask to spent the 2016-17 campaign at League One side Gillingham.

Pask has told West Ham’s official website that he is delighted to secure the loan move.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “It’s taken a while getting here, but I’m here now so I’m delighted to get out and play some League football.

“I’d like to get more games at Gillingham than I did at Dagenham last season, and hopefully being in the league above, it will be of a better quality too. West Ham have really helped me this summer.

“I’m looking to just play as many games as I can and impress. League One is a competitive league. I need to train well and be consistent as that’s what it will take to get in and stay in the team.”

Pask has come through the ranks at West Ham after joining the club in 2005 and has even captained the development squad in two of their pre-season fixtures. He was also sent out on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge last season.

The youngster will be hoping to match the impressive feats of some the club’s previous academy products in the future which include the likes of Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe and Frank Lampard.

Slaven Bilic is certainly keen to embed youngster into his side with 17-year-old Reece Oxford becoming an important part of the first-team squad and Pask will be hoping to impress during his time at Gillingham.

In other West Ham transfer news, they have confirmed the signing of a defender who will replace the injured Aaron Cresswell.