Nathan Trott ticked another box on his journey as a professional footballer after being named on the bench in West Ham United’s Premier League match at the weekend.
The Bermudian goalkeeper was an unused substitute in West Ham’s 2-1 defeat away to league leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
“It’s always good being involved with the first team and hopefully I can get more opportunities like this in the future,” Trott told The Royal Gazette.
West Ham stunned City when they took the lead just before the half-time with a goal from defender Angelo Ogbonna.
City hit back after the break, however, through Argentina defender Nicolás Otamendi and Spain midfielder David Silva to record their thirteenth successive league win and go eight points clear of nearest rivals Manchester United.
Despite languishing second from the bottom, four points from safety, and yet to win under new manager David Moyes, Trott believes West Ham are heading in the right direction.
“The team’s performance has improved a lot and it really showed in this game,” Trott said.
Moyes, the former Manchester United and Everton manager, replaced Slaven Bilic, a former West Ham defender, last month.
Like the rest of his team-mates, Trott, formerly of First Division side BAA, is adjusting to life under the Scot.
“Working under Moyes has been a different experience,” the 19-year-old said.
“He has different tactics and style of play, but I have really enjoyed it.”
Trott signed an initial 2½-year deal with West Ham in January 2016, which has since been extended until 2020, and has established himself as the No 1 for the club’s Premier League 2 side.
He has also been capped twice for England Under-20 and was a member of the England squad that won the European Under-19 Championship in Georgia last summer.