Joe Cole says he is enjoying life following his return to his boyhood club West Ham, ESPN
Cole returned to the Boleyn Ground in the January transfer window following a disappointing spell at Liverpool, and has been making his mark on the club he left back in 2003. Since his return, he was instrumental in his side’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Manchester United in the FA Cup, where he received a standing ovation from the West Ham fans when he was substituted, and scored the equaliser in the Hammers 1-1 draw with QPR on Saturday.
The former Chelsea player admits that his return to West Ham has him enjoying his football again. “It’s always nice to score a goal. I’m enjoying my football, feel I’m getting stronger,” he said.
Cole, 31, started just 9nine Premier League games in his first season at Anfield, and last season found himself on loan at French club Lille, where he enjoyed a more sustained run in their starting XI.
He returned to Liverpool this season hoping to forge his way into Brendan Rodgers’ plans, but after failing to start a league game for the Reds, Sam Allardyce brought the former West Ham youth team member back to east London where he has been warmly received by the fans.
Cole is glad to be back on familiar turf. He added: “Plenty of memories here, more so at the training ground because that’s your bread and butter, that’s where i was since I was an 11-year-old. I can remember goals I scored when I was under-11 over there on a Sunday morning.”
And while Cole, who is now 31, could perhaps be heading into the twilight of his career, he does not feel like age is catching up with him. He noted: “I don’t think about age. I still feel 21. I just want to play football and enjoy myself.”
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