Winston Reid is a man who thought he had it all - the Hammer of the Year trophy, the New Zealand captain's armband and a regular place in the West Ham United starting XI - but he was wrong!

On Wednesday, Reid celebrated his 25th birthday by becoming the first West Ham player to receive the new 2013/14 season adidas home shirt, which will go on sale to supporters from 9am on Thursday. The new claret and blue proved to be a popular gift for the No2.

"Obviously I saw the shirt a couple of months back when we did the photoshoot and I think it's a nice shirt," he told West Ham TV. "It's a good-looking shirt and I'm looking forward to playing in it!"

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Aside from his new home shirt, Reid's celebration options are rather limited as he is currently in the middle of the Hammers' pre-season training camp in Cork. However, he still plans to make the most of his birthday.

Thankfully for the centre-back, he was able to relax during the summer break, spending time with family, friends and a number of his West Ham team-mates while on holiday.

"I might order some room service later tonight - a big cake, maybe - but apart from that, everything is good!" he revealed. "I have been used to having my birthday while I'm away so it's all cool.

"I just went back to Denmark to see my friends and family and then I went to the United States for three-and-a-half weeks, where I saw a couple of mates and a couple of boys from the team who were over there as well, which was good. I had a good holiday."

Now, Reid and his colleagues are fully focused on the hard work required to prepare for the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season, which starts with the visit of Cardiff City to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday 17 August.

The defender was quick to praise the surroundings at the Club's base at the Fota Island Resort in County Cork, where the players have on-site pitches, swimming pools and gyms at their disposal.

"I think I prefer pre-season when it's not too hot and, so far, the weather and the facilities have been great and hopefully that will continue. I think what you need as a footballer is as little travel as possible and we've got everything here that we need, so that's good."

Just a few days into their pre-season regime, the players have enjoyed some sharp keep-ball sessions on the pitch, with banter and serious discussion audible in equal measure. It is already clear that only the highest possible standards will do as West Ham aim to start the new campaign the same way they did in 2012/13.

"I think the boys gave Macca [assistant manager Neil McDonald] a little bit of stick because he shanked one and we lost the ball, so I don't think we were too happy about that!

"We want to start the same way we did last year and, if we can do better, that would be good. We acquitted ourselves well as a newly-promoted team and hopefully this year we can do the same, if not better."

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic, including the permanent high-quality signings of Andy Carroll, Romania captain Razvan Rat and Spanish goalkeeper Adrian.

"They are exactly what you need and we obviously want to try to improve and bring more quality into the side. We also have players here who want to get better individually this year so we can push even higher up."

Reid himself has achieved great things in a West Ham shirt, but he is not going to rest on his laurels, despite being voted Hammer of the Year and Players' Player of the Year and signing a new long-term contract earlier this year.

"I've got some other goals I want to reach. I want to get better and to improve all the aspects of my game and try to develop more from last year. I've got my goals and I'm looking forward to reaching them."

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