Rice wants to tread the skipper’s route


riceDeclan Rice has revealed his keen desire to become the next Mark Noble at London Stadium.

The youngster skipped the U23 side to Premier League 2 promotion via the play-offs, while regularly featuring on the first team bench as the season reached its climax.

He made his first team bow in the final seconds of the last game at Turf Moor, thus sharing in a 2-1 win as well as lifting the Young Hammer of the Year award.

He said: “The award just topped off the season perfectly for me. Then, to go on and make my debut afterwards was even better. I never thought I would win that award.

“Being Ireland’s U17 Player of the Year this year after getting the Dylan Tombides award the year before – it’s been amazing.

“Some big names have won the award before, like Nobes earlier in his career. The guys who have won it in the past have gone on to have good careers, too, and Nobes has played 400 games for the Club.

“Hopefully I can make my mark in a similar way to him. I have always wanted my career to be here since join

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • bubbles says:

    Would love to see him line up for the first game of the season . Noble should be yesterdays man sitting on bench at best but who knows with Bilic and co . To me whether Noble is in or out will be the best yardstick to measure our ambition . Loyalty only comes into it if the player is still good enough but must be put to one side once he becomes a burden , as Noble most certainly is .

  • Stan The Man says:

    Hehe when i saw noble mentioned i wondered if it would bring you from your summer sabbatical to give him a serve bubbles lol

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    imagine of we had two Nobles in the team Bubbles 😉

  • bubbles says:

    Sorry to be so predictable guys !………………… And as for 2 Nobles I would have to cut my wrists !!
    My comments are ,and always have been , made on ability and performance , nothing personal , and my all devouring hope that we can built a team to be proud of , not a laughing stock for every other club in the division . COYI .

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      hehe I was teasing you also Bubbles, I appreciate everything Noble does for the club and no doubts he is Mr West Ham but I want to see a much better player in that position also, if Chelsea make a few signings there is every chance Fabregas will be allowed to leave he would do nicely, having seen Fernandes play the position I am not 100% sure it suits him as he is not really a tackler but then neither was Michael Carrick I suppose and he turned out to be the best player we produced in the last 30 years (in my opinion).

  • Stan The Man says:

    I was only joshing with you bubbles,no offence intended.It just amused this old bugger to see you first on the comments as soon as the name Noble was on here lol

  • bubbles says:

    No offence taken Stan .

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