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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 March, 2003, 15:14 GMT
Hammers clinch Johnson deal
Glen Johnson (left)
Johnson (left) is highly rated
Defender Glen Johnson has signed a new four-year deal with West Ham despite still having 18 months of his current deal to run.

The 18-year-old, who broke into the first team in January, admitted that he did not have to think hard about signing a new deal.

"I knew my agent was in negotiations but then I forgot all about it," Johnson told the club's official website.

"Then he came to me the other day, asked if I was happy, to which I said 'yes', and I signed.

"I don't want to play in the First Division next season and I don't think any of the lads do - but we all think we can stay up."

Hammers boss Glenn Roeder believes the teenager "has a big and bright future".

"I can't begin to say how pleased we are with his progress in the most difficult circumstances imaginable," added Roeder.

"He has the ideal physique for the modern-day full-back, he is strong, quick, and composed.

"He also has personality, motivation, ability and we are so hopeful he can keep up the standard."


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