West Ham United defender Winston Reid has revealed that he signed a new contract with the club because he feels it has potential for growth both on and off the pitch, Sky Sports has reported.
The New Zealand international was widely expected to leave Upton Park in the summer at the end of his contract after five years with the club, with rivals Arsenal and Tottenham both said to be interested. However, he upset the odds by penning a new six and-a-half year deal to stay until 2021.
The club are set to move into the Olympic Stadium for the beginning of the 2016-17 season, and while they have struggled for positive results since the turn of the year, their tally of 43 points is more than they achieved in the whole of last season.
As a result of this progress, Reid believes that he can fulfil his ambitions with the Hammers in the years to come. “I think this club will eventually be a very big one, but it’s going to take time and probably not over the next couple of years,” he said.
“It is going to take a lot of hard work by everybody, but I wouldn’t have signed a new contract if I didn’t think we could achieve something to get into the top tier of English football. We just have to work hard at it and make sure the results get better.”
While Reid’s future has been decided, the future of manager Sam Allardyce beyond this season is far from certain. But Reid insists that the speculation has not affected the team. He added: “No, not really. We always give 100 per cent for the manager. We have a good bunch here who always work hard for the manager. A lot of them have been here a long time.’
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