West Ham United have issued their Retain List of players at the end of the 2012/13 season.

The Hammers have confirmed that striker Carlton Cole and young professionals Jake Larkins, Jack Powell, Jami Rafati and Eoin Wearen will be given free transfers when their contracts expire on 30 June.

Discussions with midfielder Gary O'Neil are ongoing over a new contract, while England U19 international forward Rob Hall has also been made an offer by the Club.

Scholars Cheye Alexander, Declan Hunt, Nigel Seidu and Joshua Siafa have also been released.

West Ham United would like to thank all the departing players for their efforts and wish them well in their future careers.

Meanwhile, Hammers youngster Dylan Tombides is itching to make up for lost time after penning a new deal with the Club.

The 19-year-old striker has had his progress stalled by a two-year fight with testicular cancer, but having been handed a new contract by the Hammers he wants to repay them for the faith shown in his abilities.

Australian Under-17 international Tombides made a return to playing towards the end of last season when he featured in a behind closed doors match with Queens Park Rangers and that gave him all the motivation needed to kick back in to action over the summer and return to pre-season fit and raring to go.


"I'm very pleased to have signed a new contract," he beamed. "Obviously the Club stood by me over the last two years while I've been fighting testicular cancer, even though the new management have only seen me play not many minutes of football.

"From the first minute I was diagnosed they were right behind me. They said right from the start that anything I needed was mine, so there were no issues in that concern. Every time I came in when I wasn't training, the other players would all rush over to see how I was - not just the young lads, but all the way up to the first team staff. That was a really fantastic feeling, I never felt left out."

Tombides made his senior bow last term in a early-season Capital One Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic, and having been given a taste of that stage, he wants to make a return in 2013/14.

He added: "I made my first team debut last season, whilst I was going through chemotherapy so I was very surprised to get selected. I was more than pleased with that and very thankful to the gaffer for giving me that sort of chance. Hopefully I'll get a couple more now."

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