Relegation was a Hammer blow for local hero

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It may be hard to believe that, despite his tender years, Mark Noble is currently the longest serving player on the books at West Ham.

The 24-year-old signed pro-terms with the famous east London club in 2004, and has since made 171 first-team appearances for the Hammers, winning himself into the hearts of the Upton Park faithful in the process.

Being claret and blue through and through, West Ham's relegation from the Barclays Premier League will have hurt Noble more than most, but the midfielder is determined to right the wrongs of last season as quickly as possible.

Noble will no doubt hark back to the memories the Hammers' promotion winning side of 2005 which, like is required now, was rebuilt from the top down.

And, ever the professional, Noble says he is 'over relegation' and will fight tooth and nail under new boss Sam Allardyce to ensure the Irons return to their rightful place at the first attempt.


"We are cracking away, we are working hard, but obviously we know it is going to be a massive season for us," he said.

"I'm over relegation. I can't dwell on it, that's it. We just need to get on with it and get the club back into the Premier League as quickly as possible.

"We are training hard, we've got a new manager and new staff, so we have to get used to each other, but we are looking forward to the season to come."

West Ham begin the new season against fellow promotion chasers Cardiff at the Boleyn Ground.

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