West Ham United have the option to extend Lukasz Fabianski’s contract to 2022, but they do have a succession plan in place for when he leaves the club, per ClaretandHugh.
Fabianski’s current deal expires in June of 2021 but there is an option within the deal to keep him for a further 12 months, per the report.
That would keep him in east London until the age of 36 and there is said to be a hope within the club that, at that point, the club’s two reserve goalkeepers – Joseph Anang and Nathan Trott – will be ready to step into the first-team to take his place, should he decide to leave.
Anang is currently playing for West Ham’s U23s, making 19 appearances in all competitions this season, while 21-year-old Trott is on loan at AFC Wimbledon in League One.
This is good from the Hammers.
It shows they are promoting the idea of a pathway from the youth ranks into the first-team and both Anang and Trott could ultimately benefit.
Indeed, the latter became Wimbledon’s No.1 for a significant chunk of the season this term, playing 19 games on the bounce, while Anang has already been on the bench in the Premier League, having been called up for the Boxing Day clash with Crystal Palace.
It remains to be seen, of course, how their development will pan out over the next two years – Trott will be 23, Anang will be 21 – but this is a solid step forward for the Hammers.
They will merely have to bide their time; an opportunity is likely coming down the pipe.