West Ham United academy graduate, Jacob Knightbridge signs his first professional contract. Upon signing the contract with West Ham United, Knightbridge said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s something I’ve worked hard for, for over ten years, and something I’ve dreamed of since being a little boy. I’m really happy and I’m really grateful.
“It’s a big moment. It’s something where I can say finally, I’m a professional footballer. I think that determines it from other things I’ve done in my career so far.
“Even though I’ve known about it for a couple of months now, I’d say it’s still one of those things where you’ve got to think twice, or pinch yourself, because it’s an amazing feeling. It’s something you’ve worked hard for, for so many years, and it’s finally come true.
“I went and told all my family straight away and they were all buzzing. All my friends, all my West Ham friends, they were so pleased for me. My Mum, my Dad and grandparents. They’ve known how much it’s taken to get here so they’re very happy.”
The young shot-stopper is full of praise for Lead Goalkeeping Coach Lepine, who he says has had a huge influence on his young career so far.
“I joined the Club when I was seven. I’ve had Billy Lepine with me all the way through, as well as other goalkeeping coaches, and I’ve loved every minute of it. There’s been some tough moments, moments where you have to dig in, it’s all paid off.
“Billy has been really good. He’s been like a mentor to me since I was seven. As time has gone on, he’s gone up from the U18s to the U23s, so hopefully next year we’ll continue that relationship and that development.”