West Ham midfielder Lewis Orford has spoken of his excellent start for the U21’s having made the step up in the Academy this season.

The highly rated 17 year old who was part of the outstanding U18’s campaign which saw the side win the South Division and FA Youth Cup, is now amongst the U21’s side – which is now managed by Steve Potts.

Orford played an instrumental role in the younger side last season, establishing himself as a key player whom our Hammers have high expectations of, which has been demonstrated by earning his step up as he continues to develop further.

Speaking to the clubs Official Website, the life-long Hammers fan spoke of his blossoming relationship with fellow U21 midfielder Patrick Kelly, with the two building a solid partnership which has seen the U21’s start the season in positive fashion.

“Me and PK played most of the games as a two in the middle, so it helps with this season,” said Orford. “We have a really good connection on and off the field and we work well together. If one of us goes forward, the other is covering. I think it is working really perfectly at the moment.”

Following the international break, the U21’s face Celtic in the Premier League International Cup this Friday, with Orford understandably excited for the occasion to arrive.

“It was important to get that run of wins going into the international break before Celtic,” added Orford. “I am looking forward to that one – and hopefully we can get another three points.”