New Zealand skipper Winston Reid pens West Ham deal

New Zealand captain Winston Reid has banished speculation about his West Ham United future by signing a new six-and-a-half-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

AFP| Last Updated: Mar 05, 2015, 22:35 PM IST
New Zealand skipper Winston Reid pens West Ham deal

London: New Zealand captain Winston Reid has banished speculation about his West Ham United future by signing a new six-and-a-half-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

Reid`s contract was due to expire at the end of the season and he had been linked with a move away from the club, but he is now committed to Upton Park until 2021.

"It`s one of those things that took a bit of time, but we got there in the end and I`m very happy to be here for the next part of my career. I`m looking forward to it," Reid said in a statement on the West Ham website.

"At the end of the day, for myself I feel comfortable here. I was speaking with the joint-chairman David Sullivan and everybody and felt like I was valued here.

"He was clearly very committed to getting the deal done and keeping me at the club, so I`d like to thank him for that and I`m delighted to sign for the next six years.

"My family are happy living here too. We`ve been part of the club living in London, so we weighed all the factors up and I`m delighted to be staying here."

Reid, 26, joins midfielder Mark Noble and fellow centre-back James Tomkins in signing a new contract at West Ham.

He joined West Ham from Danish side Midtjylland in 2010 after impressing with New Zealand at that year`s World Cup in South Africa.

Playing time was initially hard to come by as West Ham were relegated in 2011, but he has been a first-team regular since helping the East London club secure promotion back to the Premier League in 2012.