Jack Wilshere has finally become a Hammer…years on from when he first wore a claret and blue shirt with John Moncur’s name on the back of it!
After signing for the Irons today he said: “I’m excited. I can’t wait to get going.”
Speaking to www.whufc.com he said:“I met with the manager and it was clear that he wanted me, where he wanted me to play and the style of football he wants to play. That’s something I want to be a part of, so I can’t wait to get going now.”
Wilshere cheered on his Hammers heroes at the Boleyn as a kid and recalled: “I think of the shirts I had, the players I had on the back. I had a shirt with John Moncur on the back and I think everyone has seen that photo!
“I remember coming to Upton Park for my first game in 2000. We played Coventry and beat them 5-0. Di Canio scored a hat-trick, so Di Canio was a hero of mine, and a little bit later when I was trying to make it as a footballer myself, looking at Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and players like that coming through the system and they were players I pretended to be when I was younger.
“Growing up as a West Ham fan in the early days, I remember them pushing for sixth, seventh, pushing for that Europa League or the Intertoto Cup and UEFA Cup as it was back then. So that’s where this Club needs to be.
“We don’t want to set a limit – Liverpool away in the first game is quite a tough start, but let’s take each game as it comes and get as many points on the table as we can, and see where we are.”
“I’m looking forward to playing in front of the West Ham fans. I’ve always had a special bond with this Club growing up and now I’m finally here I can’t wait to put the shirt on and run out here at London Stadium.
“Hopefully we can achieve big things together.”