Byram happy to be back


Sam-Byram-637845Refreshed from a summer break in Los Angeles, Sam Byram is back and ready to get fit for the long season ahead.

The right back clearly intends to challenge Pablo Zabaleta hard for a role in the tam but admits he isn’t looking forward to the first week of training.

Sam was back at the training ground last week – seven days ahead of the official return tomorrow morning but is happy to be stating early.

Speaking to the official site he said: “We’ve got a programme to do over our holidays and I only live 15 minutes from the training ground, so it’s easy for me to just pop in and use the facilities here to keep me in shape,” the right-back explained.“I think anyone who says they enjoy the first week [of a pre-season camp] is probably lying!”

“It is very tough but you need it to condition you for the rest of the season.

“I’ve been to Austria every summer for the last four or five years so I pretty much know what to expect.

“Before that, I’m looking forward to meeting back up with the group and catching up with everyone.”

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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Hope he learns a lot from Zabaletta and is able to improve his game, thought the same about Arbeloa though, when played last season he always did a good job and gave 100%

  • JRS says:

    I agree #32. I imagine Bryam will play more if back 3 as wing back not sure if wing back would Suit Zab but could help Byram on defending. Even tho Byram has had some good showings and has a decent cross Bilic doesn’t seem to favour him.
    But Bilic expects players to slot right I’m with no adjusting period even I’d played out of position.
    And every footballer goes to LA for vacation nor the best place to relax! Not my favourite city

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