Name: Reece Burke
Position: Centre Back
Current Club: Hull City
Squad Number: 5
Previous Club(s): West Ham, Bradford City (loan), Wigan Athletic (loan), Bolton Wanderers (loan).
A product of the famous West Ham United youth system, Reece Burke has finally ventured on developing his career away from the Hammers. When the opportunity arose to prove himself at Championship level Burke jump at the chance for first-team football.
He joined Hull City in July 2018 on a three-year deal for an estimated £1.5m. To date he has made a total of 13 appearances in all competition for the Tigers.
His journey to the KCOM stadium started with West Ham, a club where he has been since 2003. Burke only made five appearances in all competition over a four-year ‘senior’ career there
The 2015-16 season saw the defender join Bradford City on an Into also one-month loan. He scored his first senior goal on September 5th 2015 against Oldham Athletic in a 2-1 away win. Bradford agreed with West Ham to extend his loan move twice, on September 18th, and again in October. Burke returned to the Hammers in November to receive treatment for a knee injury. However, he the. returned to Vally Parade until January 2nd 2016. After a solid season in West Yorkshire, Burke was awarded the Player of the year award. He made 36 appearances in all competitions for the Bantams, scoring two goals.
At the beginning of the 2016-17 season Burke featured for West Ham in their Europa League play-off away leg against Astra Giurgiu. Just 12 days later he joined Wigan Athletic on loan for the remainder of the season. It took him until November 28th to score his first Wigan goal in a 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town. He made 10 appearances for the Latics, scoring one goal.
His last loan spell as a West Ham player came at Bolton Wanderers. Burke spent two separate spells at the north-west club, from August 1st 2017 – January 2018 and January 31st 2018 to the end of the season. Upon his initial return to West Ham in January, he made two appearances in the FA Cup 3rd round and the 3rd round replay against Shrewsbury Town. In the replay Burke scored his only senior goal for the club, an extra-time goal to take the Hammers into the 4th round of the cup. On January 31st Burke returned to Bolton on loan for the remainder of the season. He made a total of 26 appearances in all competitions for the Trotters, scoring one goal.
Most recently in 2016, Burke has featured in three different squads for England. Between 2013 and 2014, he made four appearances for England U18s. He then made two appearance for England U19s in 2014. Finally, between 2015 and 2016, the defender made four appearances for England U20s.
Burke cited when joining Hull that his main reason for joining the club was to develop as a player. So far the Englishman has been one of the Tigers’ main centre-backs.
With guaranteed first-team football at the KCOM, I can’t see why a player like Burke won’t develop significantly in the next few seasons.
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