Date: 28th November 2008 at 1:06pm
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Paul Jewell managed to bring in the defender that he had been looking for, and the signing of James Tomkins on loan from West Ham could prove a shrewd bit of business for a youngster who is looking to impress.

‘I have got to challenge for my place at West Ham United, but if I can get a few games under my belt in a good league, then it can only be good for me.

‘Derby have a good stadium and fans. Obviously it will be good experience, I am looking forward to it – having some games, I know I have to impress before I play [at West Ham], I won’t just walk into the side.

‘My total aim is to play for West Ham, but if I have to go out on loan somewhere else to get some more experience, especially in what is a very tough league, then it can only be good for me for the future.

‘I can then come back to West Ham and stake my claim for a place here. Going on loan is an important part of a young player’s development. I am only 19 and still learning the trade so this can only do me good.’

Tomkins was talking to the official West Ham website.

The 19-year-old made his West Ham breakthrough towards the end of last season, but a knee injury has prevented him from featuring this season. Tomkins does look a really good prospect through, so this loan move should be mutually beneficial for everyone.

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