Hammers hand Ferdinand new deal
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The highly-rated defender has followed the same route of Britain's most expensive signing joining The Hammers straight from school.
Hammers boss Glenn Roeder has been impressed by the younger Ferdinand and he has rewarded him with his first professional contract.
The 17-year-old is tipped for a big future in the game, but Roeder does not feel he will develop as quickly as his older sibling.
"My intention now is to get him into the reserve team as soon as possible because he needs to be playing against more experienced opponents," Roeder told the Evening Standard.
"That's the only way he will learn. But he will also be available to play in our most important youth games."