Ireland underage star Sean Moore signs for West Ham

Ireland underage star Sean Moore signs for West Ham

Teenage winger Sean Moore has joined West Ham United.

Ireland under-19 winger Sean Moore has signed for West Ham United from Cliftonville.

Moore, who switched from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland earlier this year, is one of the most exciting prospects in Irish football and has been a target of the Hammers for some time.

The 17-year-old played as many as 40 games for Cliftonville last term and managed to register six goals and three assists from out wide.

Moore joins the Hammers on a three-year professional contract until June 2026, and will initially link up with the Club’s U21 squad for the 2023/24 season.

Sean Moore

Sean Moore happy to be a Hammer.

Moore said: “I started playing football when I was six, so it’s pretty amazing to sign a professional contract at West Ham United. I am absolutely delighted to join West Ham. It’s a massive Club, so it was an easy decision for me.

“Last year, West Ham won the FA Youth Cup, and the first team also won the UEFA Europa Conference League, which was a brilliant achievement.

“It’s a family-orientated Club too. I have heard nothing but good things about West Ham.

I know Callum Marshall, Patrick Kelly, and Josh Briggs well, and they told me how good it is here and how much they have enjoyed it.

“It’s clear there’s a pathway to the first team from the Academy as well, which is important for young players such as myself.

“I would love to play for the first team one day. I’m hoping to make a good impression when I start with the U21s and hopefully do very well in east London.”

Sean Moore

West Ham academy manager welcomes Moore.

While, West Ham academy manager Kenny Brown was unsurprisingly excited to add a talent of Moore’s capacity to his youth set-up

“I would personally like to welcome Sean to West Ham United”, he said, “and wish him all the very best with us.

“We are delighted to bring another talented young player to the Academy of Football, as we keep building for the future.

“Sean is a dynamic, pacey winger who we have been monitoring over the past couple of years and one we believe has a really bright future in east London.

“Sean has been a prominent player for Cliftonville in Northern Ireland, and having just finished a successful season with them, we are excited to have him join our U21 squad here at Rush Green.

“We are all looking forward to working with him at West Ham United, a place we all know will give him the best opportunity to develop as a footballer and hopefully reach his full potential.”

Moore is one of the most exciting talents in the Irish underage fold and looks a good bet to succeed at the Hammers over the next three years.