Goalkeeper Brian Kinnear says loan experiences in the lower leagues at Camelon Juniors and Annan Athletic have toughened him up after arriving at West Ham United.

The English Premier League club have signed the Scotland youth goalkeeper on a one-year deal after his exit from the Rangers youth academy. Kinnear’s senior experience has come with Camelon in the East of Scotland Premier Division and Annan in Scottish League Two last season.

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Kinnear is with West Ham United. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Looking forward to his West Ham United opportunity, Kinnear says those experiences have been learning curves: “I first went out on loan when I was 18.

“It wasn’t the best level but it was to roughen you up and then my last loan was to League Two in Scotland, so you’re actually in the divisions at the point.

“The standard was better but then again it’s still you come for crosses and the elbows are there, it’s still toughening you up. It’s been good to get that experience and learn from it.”

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