West Ham United have announced that they have signed a pre-contract agreement with Hamilton Accies defender Stephen Hendrie.
The 20-year-old will move to the English Premier League side in the summer, just a week after Accies vice chairman Ronnie MacDonald said that the move was off and hit out at the way the London club went about their business.
Speaking to the official West Ham website, Hendrie said: “I’m absolutely buzzing. The last few days have been busy, but now that I’m down here and I’ve signed, I cannot wait to start in the summer. I’m thrilled to bits. I can’t believe that it’s happened. West Ham is such a massive club with a massive fan base and I just cannot wait to get started. I’m looking forward to it.
“I think the Premier League’s the best league in the world and you want to play at the highest level you possibly can. Since I was a kid I always wanted to play in the Premier League and I’ve got a fantastic chance to do that now.
“I know that the atmosphere is electric at the Boleyn Ground. The fans are brilliant and we’ve moving to a bigger stadium and it’ll be even better, so I’m looking forward to that too.”
“I’m a full-back and I like to get forward. Obviously the defensive duties come first, but I like to bomb up and down the wings and get crosses in.
“When the summer comes around I’ll be working as hard as I can and see what happens. Every pre-season is crucial but having signed for West Ham it’s going to be even more so. It’s unbelievable. I just need to get as fit as I can and hopefully play some games. It’s a good challenge, a new challenge and I’m just buzzing to get started.”