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Sonny Perkins thrilled to feature for West Ham in Europa League win
Sonny Perkins hopes to build on his Europa League chance in West Ham's win against Rapid Vienna.
Perkins, 17, is now a fully-fledged West Ham first-team striker.
“Everything's happened so quickly this season," the teenager reflected, speaking to West Ham TV. “People say that in football, things can change so quickly, but as long as you keep working hard, that can always happen.
“You've always got to believe something like that can happen like that. I think I've worked hard, and I've got a reward for it.
“On Monday, a few of us [U23s] knew that we might be involved in first-team training. On Tuesday I went back, trained the whole session, and I think I trained well. Yesterday, four of us [Perkins, Aji Alese, Jamal Baptiste and Dan Chesters] travelled out here.
“It was surreal really, because I've only been involved a couple of days and to fly out with the team… they've been great with me as well.
"The guys who have come through the Academy naturally look out for me and whoever comes across, so they made me feel welcome, so I'm grateful to them for that. They made me feel comfortable to get on the ball and do what I can do.
“I've still got a long way to go to where I want to be, but hopefully this can be the start of many [appearances]. That's what I want.
“It felt great out there, and to play with all of these great players and train with them, that can only help me get better. Hopefully there's way more to come. It's been great."