Date: 2nd May 2017 at 2:36pm
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By Will Butcher

West Ham youngster Josh Cullen is fully aware that he may have to leave to gain first-team football after spending the season with League One outfit Bradford.

Cullen, 21, has starred for the Yorkshire club this season after dropping down to the third tier of English football in an attempt to prove that he has what it takes to play in the first team.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds’ official Twitter account, Ireland Under-21 international Cullen failed to rule out another move to Stuart McCall’s Bradford in the future.

“My dream has always been to break into 1st team at West Ham but I’m aware that might not happen,” Cullen stated.

“If this was the move that suited me the best I’d have no problem because I’ve enjoyed my time at Bradford.”

Cullen has made four senior appearances for Slaven Bilic’s side since making his debut in a Europa League qualifier against Andorran side Lusitanos back in July 2015.

He went on to make three Europa League qualifying appearances in total that month, before coming on as a late substitute against Liverpool in August 2015 during a 3-0 victory.

However, he decided to join Bradford in January 2016 for the remained of the 2015-16 season, before extending his stay at Valley Parade for the entire 2016-17 campaign.

Now drawing to a close after making 60 senior appearances for Bradford from the centre of midfield, Cullen is set to return to east London, where his contract runs until 2019.

Football Insider verdict:

Leaving the Hammers permanently is likely to be the better move for Cullen, who has proven he is capable of starring in the the third tier of English football. The Hammers are likely to be active in the summer transfer window and already have four central midfield options available to them in Mark Noble, Cheickhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang and Havard Nordtveit. It remains to be seen if Bradford will look to sign the youngster on a permanent basis, but Cullen must also consider if he is good enough to play at a higher level than the Bantams with Championship clubs likely to chance their arm on Bradford’s number 14.

In other West Ham transfer news, David Gold has revealed how many players he wants to sign on Twitter in the upcoming transfer window.

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