West Ham January signing Stephen Hendrie bids farwell to Hamilton on Twitter

West Ham signed Stephen Hendrie in January, and he is set to link up with the squad.

The Hammers reached a deal to sign the 20-year-old defender in January, with him staying at Hamilton until the summer transfer window.

Following the completion of the deal, Hendrie stayed with Hamilton until the end of the 2014/15 campaign, and is now set to link up with his new teammates, revealing on Twitter that he has celebrated his leaving party before heading to London.

A left-back, the youngster made 32 appearances for the Accies last term, registering five assists, and he represents the kind of attacking modern-day full-back that West Ham are in the market for.

However, he faces a fight to break into the first-team under new boss Slaven Bilic, with Aaron Cresswell one of the Hammers’ best players last season. All players will be given chances to impress with the Europa League set to be a proving ground for untested talent, and he could put in a good challenge on Cresswell.

With his age and inexperience, it is likely that Hendrie is a player for the future, who will deputise for Cresswell whilst learning under him. Yet he has shown during his time in the SPFL that he can impress at the top level.

A solid signing, and fans can now start to get excited about Hendrie’s arrival following his exit from Scotland.

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