West Ham United bring Australian teen Callum Warden on trial, excited to follow in Frank Lampard's footsteps

The Australian kid arrives as part of a worldwide recruitment plan from West Ham.

West Ham United made some smart moves in the January transfer window. Emmanuel Emenike will offer good coverage up top whilst Sam Byram is one for the future.

But if you want one for the future, then how about a super talented Australian under-14 player?

West Ham will be welcoming 13-year-old Callum Warden on trial from Australian football this year. He has been selected as one of 20 from a worldwide sweep from West Ham aimed at bolstering their academy of talent.

Warden, who current plays for Wolves FC in Brisbane, told the Courier Mail just how excited he was with the opportunity to train at the famous West Ham academy:

“It’s a big achievement. I didn’t think I’d get this far.

“It exciting to know I’ll be training where Frank Lampard trained.”

Of course Lampard is not alone. West Ham have produced talents such as Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand and current first-teamers Mark Noble and James Tomkins.

Of course there is a long way to go before Warden can become a top talent at West Ham or even in England - he would first need to impress on trial.

And while some West Ham fans will worry about the development of homegrown local talent the fact West Ham are continuing to extend their reach across the globe can only be a good sign for the future of the club.

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