Derby County have confirmed on their official club website that young striker Jahmal Hector-Ingram has joined the club after his release from Premier League side West Ham United.

Jahmal Hector-Ingram was released by West Ham earlier this summer and after spending the past few months on trial with Derby County, the club have confirmed that they have brought in the 20-year-old on a free transfer.

Hector-Ingram will link up with the Rams’ Under-23s side after an impressive trial. In friendlies, the young attacker scored five goals in six games, which was enough to warrant an offer from Derby County. Speaking to the club site upon the announcement of the youngster’s arrival, Under-23s coach Darren Wassall said:

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“I am delighted to say we have offered Jahmal a contract to prove himself here. When a trialist comes in, especially a centre-forward, all you can ask is that they score goals. He has done that and shown he is a great finisher.

“He has work to do on his all-round game, as everyone does in the Under-23s and Under-18s. We like what we have seen so far as a player and as a person. He has a great character.”

Until now, Hector-Ingram has spent his entire career with West Ham, making his way through the academy before going on to play for the club’s Under-18s and Under-23s. He scored 12 goals in 23 games for the Under-18s, laying on three assists too. He also scored four goals and provided four assists for the Under-23s side.

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