Carrick hails star Collison

PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:02 05 October 2010

Michael Carrick has backed Jack Collison to become a leading Premier League star and spearhead a new generation of academy graduates at West Ham

Michael Carrick has backed Jack Collison to become a leading Premier League star and spearhead a new generation of academy graduates at West Ham.

Manchester United midfield ace Carrick, who progressed through the youth ranks at Upton Park, credits the Hammers with turning him from a promising youngster into an England international.

Now the 25-year-old believes Collison is capable of reaching similar heights.

He said: "Jack has played an awful lot of games this season and been a regular in the team. All credit to him - he's getting better all the time. He looks like he's got a very bright future.

"In our era we had a few lads who came through and have gone on to do good things and they still seem to be churning them out and that's a credit to everyone at the academy because it's not easy nowadays to put younger lads in the team."

Carrick was one of eight current or former Hammers in last night's England squad and he admits that contingent underlines the club's commitment to developing young players.

"That speaks volumes of what this club's about really," he said. "They keep producing players and playing football the right way - like people say the West Ham way.

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