West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan is looking forward to the start of the new season and is relishing a home start.
The Hammers face Aston Villa at the Boleyn Ground on 18 August and the skipper is delighted to be in front of the home fans as the club start life again as a Premier League outfit.
He said: "It is a home game to get us started, which is great for us. Aston Villa are a very good side and have a new manager so their players will be looking to impress, but we will be aiming to kick-off the new campaign in a positive way on our own ground and look to try and win the game if we can and get ourselves off the mark.
"There can be some strange results early in the season as all the teams look to settle into their routines, but if we can make a solid start, then that will be good for us. Nothing is sorted early in the season, but if we can start as well as we can do, then we give ourselves something to build on."
After kicking-off at home, West Ham travel to Swansea City for the first away fixture on 25 August, before coming back home again to face London neighbours Fulham on 1 September. Sunderland are the next visitors to east London before the end of that month (22 September), following a trip to Norwich shortly before (15 September).
Nolan scored his first goal in Hammers colours in last season's first away fixture in the npower Championship against Doncaster Rovers - the first of 13 goals notched up by the attacking midfielder last season as he helped lead the team to promotion. The 29-year-old is in no doubt that the West Ham fans will be behind their team in their usual passionate fashion once more.
"I am sure all our fans can't wait for the season to begin and to know we are back in the Premier League only makes it more exciting. It makes it real again to see the games and when they are. I am sure our fans will do their best to help us do what we can to get off to a good start.
"I know I am looking forward to the new season as I am sure the other lads are - after getting promoted and everything calming down, people go away for a bit of a break. But seeing the fixtures come out, it brings the new season to everyone's attention again and I for one can't wait to get started."