Departing Midfielder Joe Cole has issued an emotional farewell message to the club, following his failure to land a contract extension this summer.

“Returning to West Ham, it was a fantastic opportunity to play for the Club again. We finished 13th this year and we’d have liked to have finished higher, but we move on and hopefully next season they’ll continue to keep their place in the Premier League and move onto a top-ten finish.

“Every day is great to play and train at West Ham. It was a pleasure to play with the lads and I can’t thank them enough, they were fantastic.

“The fans are always great with me and I wish them all the best for the future.”

It’s a great shame we didn’t get to see more of Cole in his second stint at the club. I for one felt another year contract with maybe less wages would have been a good option for both parties, but hey ho. We move on and I’m sure Joe can produce his magic elsewhere for another season or two.



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