By Alex Taylor

West Ham starlet Josh Pask has signed a new three-year contract at the Olympic Stadium, it was announced on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old centre-back, who secured his first professional deal with the Hammers in 2014, has now penned an extension that will keep him at the club until 2019.

The former Dagenham & Redbridge loanee has come through the ranks at West Ham after joining the club in 2005 and will now extend his nine-year association with the east London outfit.

Pask was injured for a large period of last season but has started this campaign well, captaining the Development Squad in two of their pre-season fixtures.

“I’m very, very happy,” Pask told the official West Ham website. “The last couple of years at West Ham have been really good for me. I’ve been here a long time, so the majority of my life has been about West Ham.”

“I’m really enjoying it, so I’m delighted to sign a new contract. West Ham are certainly looking upwards so I can’t wait to get started this season and hopefully I can progress as the season goes”

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

The club are currently developing the sought-after Reece Oxford, who has been the subject of much interest from Tottenham and both Manchester clubs this summer.

Pask will be hoping he reach the level of the players that have gone before him and push for a starting place in Slaven Bilic’s first team next season.

In other West Ham team news, supporters have expressed their delight on Twitter after goalkeeper Darren Randolph signed a new four-year contract with the club.