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Kai Corbett has admitted the desire to play first-team football was behind his decision to leave Premier League high-flyers West Ham United, speaking during his unveiling at Championship outfit Peterborough United this afternoon. 

It certainly wasn’t an easy call to make. 

Especially when you consider this West Ham side can conceivably lay claim to be their best in decades. That 3-2 triumph over Liverpool last time out lifted David Moyes’ turbo-charged team to within touching distance of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. 



But, unfortunately for Corbett, the stellar form of Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen meant first-team opportunities were always going to be in short supply at the London Stadium. 

The 19-year-old confirmed, via his official Instagram account, he rejected the chance to sign a professional contract with West Ham because of a desire to play regular football at senior level. 

With that in mind, it seems Corbett has chosen a good club in Peterborough – a side with a fine track record when it comes to turning promising youngsters into some of the most coveted players in the EFL. 

Was Kai Corbett right to leave West Ham for Peterborough?

“I feel like Peterborough is the best step in my career to try to progress and play in the first team as quick as possible,” says Corbett, who is understood to have signed a long-term deal with the Posh. 

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“I feel like I’m ready physically and technically to try to break into the first team. (Leaving West Ham) was a hard process, (it took) a long time, but it was worth it.  

“I felt settled within the first few days (at Peterborough). It has been good. I’ve trained with the first team a few times now. I think I’ll progress well here. 

“The club has been really good at progressing strikers and attackers – hopefully I should be one of the next.” 

Corbett recently had a trial at Southampton and also played for Wolves in September, scoring in a Premier League Cup clash with Exeter City. 

Perhaps the teenager felt, as at West Ham, first-team chances would be few and far between at St Mary’s and Molineux?

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