With West Ham bosses declaring an interest in loaning out Scott Parker for a year, the contribution of Kevin Nolan to the Hammers’ cause will take on an even greater significance next season.
Sam Allardyce pulled off arguably the transfer coup of the summer by persuading Nolan to relinquish the Newcastle captaincy and drop down a division, with the 28-year-old now set to lead the charge back to the Barclays Premier League.
Nolan is with currently with his new teammates at a training camp in Switzerland, where Allardyce is running the rule over his new charges, and was given his West Ham debut against FC Basel on Wednesday.
The former Bolton midfielder played 45 minutes in a 2-1 loss, and was handed the skipper's armband - a position that is there for the taking after Matthew Upson left the Boleyn Ground at the end of last season.
And, after wearing the famous claret and blue for the first time, Nolan was honoured and proud to make his West Ham bow.
"I was very proud to pull on the shirt," he told West Ham TV. "I was delighted and to be made captain was a nice little touch, too, and I was happy to get through my first 45 minutes.
"I think it showed that at the end of the week, we were a little bit tired. This is the last game here and I think it showed a little bit in our performance. Some of the lads were a bit lethargic.
"To be fair, it was my first game in eight or nine weeks, so I'm delighted to have got through it with no injuries. Hopefully I can push on now and get more games under the belt and it's the first step to getting ready for Cardiff."
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