Irish U19 midfielder Conor Coventry has continued his progression at Premier League club West Ham after Manuel Pellegrini invited him to the pre-season training camp in Switzerland.
Coventry is 18 and played for the Republic of Ireland U17s in the UEFA Championship and made his debut for the U19s this year. At club level, he enjoyed a superb season with the U23s which saw him awarded the Dylan Tombides Award.
Speaking on the West Ham official website, Coventry expressed his delight at the invite while also stressing how difficult the step up is.
It’s great to get back after a holiday and to come away with the first team is even better, so training is of a really high standard and it’s really good to be back. Being pre-season, it’s hard work and the tempo is higher than the 23s and, even though it’s not that much higher, it makes a massive difference. It’s really tough.
The manager was speaking to us about making sure we are ready for the season and how he wants us to play. He’s been really good with us young boys, welcoming us in and making us feel part of it all, so I think it looks really encouraging for the Club.
West Ham's season gets underway in August with an away trip to Liverpool.