Despite the media frenzy regarding this transfer, I didn’t want to believe it until it became official. And thankfully now it has. Kevin Nolan has signed a five year contract. In my opinion, he should certainly be made club captain, with Mark Noble as his deputy.
Somehow, I’m getting quite excited about next season now. I don’t even care if Nolan brings down his ridiculous chicken dance goal celebration, so long as he keeps scoring like he has done the past two seasons – welcome to East London, Kevin.
From the official site, it reads as though Big Sam was the major factor in Nolan’s decision.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but obviously once I knew that they wanted me, they have shown a certain hunger and desire to make sure I become a West Ham player,” said Nolan.
“Having the chance to link up with Sam again is a massive thing and obviously coming to such a massive club is great for me. I’m very sad to leave Newcastle but I’m coming to another massive club in my eyes and hopefully I can start off and be as successful as I was there.
“I came to West Ham because of the tradition of the club and everything about it. I’ve always enjoyed playing here and there was also the chance of linking up with Sam and working with him again.
“The be all and end all was that the club actually wanted me and the owners put faith in me and have given me a security of contract. Now it’s my time to repay them and hopefully I will do that.”