Monday 14 October 2013
Carlton Cole says he is "raring to go" after he completed his return to West Ham United on a short-term deal.
The 30-year-old striker spent seven years with the Hammers, scoring 33 goals in 166 Barclays Premier League appearances, before the two went their separate ways this summer.
However, the former Chelsea forward has been working on his fitness at the Chadwell Heath training ground over the last few weeks and played against Charlton Athletic in a behind-closed-doors match last week. He has now agreed a contract with the club which runs until 13 January 2014.
"I'm definitely excited because there are top-class players here"
"I'm in an excellent mood, am happy to be back and can't wait to get working with the lads again and start my season off," he told the club's website. "I've been working hard with the strength and conditioning coach Mathew Monte-Colombo in the gym and he's been really hands-on with me to get me up to standard to train with the team and get my match-fitness up as quickly as possible with a view to signing.
"I feel fit and raring to go and it's time to start knocking on the manager's door to get some games under my belt."
West Ham have had a stuttering start to the campaign but they picked up their second win of the season last time out with an impressive display against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
"I didn't actually see the Tottenham game but I saw the goals going in on Sky Sports News and, being a West Ham fan, I was over-chuffed for the team, the players and the manager,” Cole said. "I'm definitely excited because there are top-class players here and it's good to be playing and stable in the Premier League and looking to progress and do better than last season. We've got the players to do that and hopefully I can be a part of it."
With striker Andy Carroll on the sidelines suffering from a heel injury, Cole could be available for West Ham United's next Barclays Premier League fixture, which is against Manchester City on Saturday.