West Ham have a proud tradition of bringing through young talented players. Known by some as the 'academy of football' the likes of Frank Lampard, Paul Ince and Joe Cole came through the ranks at West Ham in the past not to mention the likes of John Terry, Michael Carrick and Glen Johnson.
Another is George Moncur, son of the West Ham cult hero John Moncur. Moncur Sr played for the club between 1994 and 2003 and gained a reputation as a tough tackling and often volatile character on the field.
John is also a midfielder, and the club have high hopes for his future development at the club. An England under-18 international, the 21-year-old has been on loan at AFC Wimbledon and Partick Thistle in the past but is currently at Colchester United.
His time with the Essex club has been impressive on an individual level. He scored on his debut and he also scored on his first start against Bristol City. However his personal prowess is in direct contract to the struggling U's - whose manager Joe Dunne was recently sacked after a poor start to the campaign.
But Moncur knows he is playing well. And he has been speaking about his loan spell in an interview with the Daily Star - in which he admitted West Ham is not the limit of his ambition:
"It's hard going to a new team, especially when you do not know what is going to happen. I am a positive person, I look to the future and the next match in front of me, and how I can affect it. Obviously I want to play for West Ham, but I also want to catch the eye of bigger teams, which is understandable. I really like playing here and enjoy it. But I am just going to play each game as it comes and see what happens when my loan is up in January."
It is right for Moncur to be aiming high, even if West Ham fans don't want to hear such things from one of their shining lights.
But Moncur is a good egg, you can tell by the warm way in which he speaks about Dylan Tombides. The youngster was a close friend of Moncur. The Australian tragically passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer and Moncur, a devout Christian like his father, admits he always includes Tombides in his pre-match prayer:
"I normally just say thank you to God for this chance and always include Dylan in it. I know he is watching down on me and is in a better place now. I had to deal with it, but my faith was a great source of comfort."
So while he admits he is looking at 'bigger clubs' it is just a part of his honest and refreshing out look on life. He seems a great character and Colchester United are very lucky to have him on board.