West Ham striker Carlton Cole has been picking the brain of his new skipper Kevin Nolan in order to get some tips on how to secure an immediate return back to the top flight.
The former Newcastle midfielder was instrumental in ensuring the Magpies were promoted back to the Barclays Premier League at the first attempt last season, and is now looking to repeat the trick with the Hammers.
Cole has certainly been inspired by the words of wisdom from Nolan and is confident West Ham can fulfil their potential under Sam Allardyce and return to their rightful place.
"I have been talking to Kevin about this," he said. "I have spoken to him quite deeply about it, he said you can expect the first five or six games to be really tough and we have to be as tough as we can be ourselves in that situation.
"Other teams are going to come and test us, so we have to be up for it. That is going to be the real main test, our strength of character, how the team will strengthen and bond.
“I think we are going to be very strong as a unit. The manager has got us together playing really well.
"We want to progress - we didn't do too well last year and players that are still here, we all felt the pain of going down - it really hurt.
"But I have got a new frame of mind now, a new outlook on things and my main aim is to help us get back in the Premiership as soon as possible, because that is the only way we can heal our wounds."
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