There is nothing that the West Ham faithful love more to see than a homegrown star strutting their stuff in the claret and blue.
The Hammers have a proud tradition of developing their future stars in house and making sure they break through the youth ranks and into the first team, and that has continued into the present day.
Mark Noble and Reece Oxford are just two of the most recent graduates, the latter still finding his feet with a loan spell in Germany, and the club now have another new name to add to the list; defensive enforcer Declan Rice.
The newly capped Republic of Ireland international has been something of a revelation for the Irons this season, with 23 senior appearances under his belt during the current campaign, and like Noble, the supporters would love to see him remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
His current contract means that he is tied down to the London Stadium until at least 2020, but the latest insider revelation will have those fans dancing in the streets.
West Ham news website Claret and Hugh, a reputable source of inside information surrounding the Hammers, have claimed that the youngster is in line to receive almost 10 times his current wages of £2,500-a-week, on a long-term deal which would keep him at the club for at least the next five years, until 2023.
A powerful yet pacey defender with a good reading of the game, Rice looks to be the real deal, and there will no doubt be a number of clubs who will be gutted if and when he puts pen to paper.
With the report stating that his passion for the club, not the money, is the defender’s motivation behind committing to a new deal, he will only continue to endear himself to the Hammers faithful, and if he keeps up the quality of his current performances, could be picking up another deal in the years to come.
In other West Ham news, one man is in the last chance saloon with a £12million exit plan readied.