James Tomkins has spoken about the pride he felt at representing Team GB at the Olympics as his focus switches back to West Ham United and the Barclays Premier League.
Tomkins featured in two of Team GB's fixtures - a friendly against Brazil and a group stage win against UAE - and he feels the experience will benefit him when the new season kicks-off in just over a week. Speaking from Portugal, the Basildon-born central defender explained that he is now glad to back training with his club team-mates.
"It is great to be back with the lads," said Tomkins. "It is very nice out here, we arrived on Tuesday and have already had a couple of good training sessions.
"The weather is also great which helps and it's obviously good to see everyone again."
Tomkins also insisted that despite spending the majority of pre-season away from the side he is ready to knuckle down ahead of the Premier League curtain raiser against Aston Villa on 18 August.
"We will have a lot more training leading up to the beginning of the season. Playing it abroad always adds a nice touch and it will be nice to see our fans out here in what will no doubt be a large crowd."
Tomkins and Team GB were knocked out at the quarter-final stage at the Olympics after topping Group A with some impressive results. Now, after sharing the stage with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Neymar and Luis Suarez, the 23-year-old is only focused on getting off to a flying start with the Hammers.
"I enjoyed being involved with Team GB and the experience of playing at the Olympics experience was really good. It is a shame we didn't get further and it finished the way it did, but overall it was very enjoyable.
"For me, I am focusing on the new season ahead with the first game only round the corner and we're all really looking forward to playing at home in the Premier League.
"We want to make a good start and will be working hard in training over the next week or so to make sure we ready for the challenge ahead."
West Ham United are offering fans the chance to show their support for Tomkins ahead of the new season with a special offer on name and number printing on his Macron Replica shirt.
You can now get a Tomkins adult home shirt complete with name, number and Premier League patch printing for just £54.99, a saving of £8. Kids can also save with the Tomkins junior home shirt at £43.99, a saving of £9.
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