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Striker Dixon earns West Ham deal

Tottenham's Terry Dixon
Dixon had been doing coaching courses in case he could not play again

West Ham United have signed Republic of Ireland Under-21 international striker Terry Dixon on a three-year deal.

The 19-year-old's career had looked in doubt after Spurs released him in March 2008 following a dislocated kneecap.

However, the Hammers' medical team have worked hard to help the London-born striker's rehabilitation.

Dixon would have been the Republic's youngest senior international, at the age of 16, against Holland in 2006 but he had to pull out because of injury.

He told the Hammers website: "I'm pleased to have signed the contract and I'm glad to have got it sorted.

"I'm back in training next week and hopefully I want to push on to the first team towards the end of the season.

"I'm so relieved to be back to fitness as it's just so annoying to have those niggles because you have been out for so long.

"My aims for this season are to get matches under my belt for the reserves and if I do well there, hopefully I can get into the first-team squad.

"I want to repay the faith the club have shown in me, if not this season then the season after.

"The fitness team have done a lot of work with me to make my leg a lot stronger and my knee never swells up now."

Hammers chief executive Scott Duxbury said: "This signing is a testament to our medical and technical departments for all the work they have put in to get Terry to this point.

"We know that Tottenham felt they had reached the end of the road with Terry but we are hopeful he can yet prove himself and build a successful career."

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see also
Dixon boosts Republic's Under-21s
19 Aug 06 |  Internationals
Republic of Ireland 0-4 Holland
16 Aug 06 |  Internationals
Dixon is Republic's rising star
12 May 06 |  Internationals

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