December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 14, 2013
Carlton Cole says he is “fit and raring to go” after rejoining West Ham United on a short-term contract until January 12, 2014.
The striker left the club at the end of last term after seven years at Upton Park but with record signing Andy Carroll sidelined with a long-term injury they failed in bids to land strikers in the summer transfer window.
Cole returned to train with the Hammers but they decided not to offer him a new deal due to fitness concerns.
Since then the 30-year-old has been working hard to rectify that and proved his readiness for a return after coming through a behind-closed-doors match with Championship side Charlton Athletic last week.
Cole told whufc.com: “I’m in an excellent mood, am happy to be back and can’t wait to get working with the lads again and start my season off.
“I’ve been working hard with the strength and conditioning coach Mathew Monte-Colombo in the gym and he’s been really hands-on with me to get me up to standard to train with the team and get my match-fitness up as quickly as possible with a view to signing.
“I feel fit and raring to go and it’s time to start knocking on the manager’s door to get some games under my belt.”
On his departure, Cole said: “At the end of the day, everything happens for a reason and you don’t always choose what is going to happen to you. We decided to part ways in the summer but West Ham and me have ended up together again.
“Hopefully I can come in and be who I am and help the team achieve what we need to achieve.”
The Hammers went into the international break on the back of a morale-boosting 3-0 win over London rivals Tottenham in which Ravel Morrison scored a magnificent solo goal.
Cole, who has been handed the number 24 shirt, said: “I didn’t actually see the Tottenham game but I saw the goals going in on Sky Sports News and, being a West Ham fan, I was over-chuffed for the team, the players and the manager.
“I’m definitely excited because there are top-class players here and it’s good to be playing and stable in the Premier League and looking to progress and do better than last season. We’ve got the players to do that and hopefully I can be a part of it.”
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.