Andy Carroll has spoken of his excitement for the start of new season already, and how he did not want the last one to end, following a campaign in which he missed the first half due to injury.
The powerful marksman, who signed for £15m last summer from Liverpool, has high hopes for next season, believing that the club will start off strong this time round.
”I can’t wait for the new season to start, I didn’t want the last one to end to be honest, I still felt fresh and ready to play more games as I had missed the opening half of the season.” Carroll told whufc.com.
“We had a talk after the last match about the positives and the tough times we had when we were sucked into the relegation fight for a bit, but the Gaffer, staff and all the lads had the belief that, once we came through those times and got players back, we could get better and we did.
“Now the focus is to push on and look forward to the new season.”
Unfortunately for Carroll, due to his injury last season, he missed out on heading to Brazil with England for this summers World Cup, but there will be many West Ham fans who see this as a blessing, as it will hopefully keep our record signing injury free this summer.
“I know that, with a full pre-season behind me, I can really look to make a mark at the beginning and hopefully get us off to a good start,” added Carroll.
Carroll will next season be under the guidance of Teddy Sheringham, who has joined the club as attacking coach, and Carroll has already expressed his excitement at linking up with the new recruits.
“I look forward playing with the new additions we are looking to get into the squad.
“I know the Gaffer and the Board will be looking to bring in players that will help us push on, including in attack. Personally, I look forward to playing alongside them and I want to be at the forefront of that and scoring the goals that will see us have a successful season.”