Joe Cole completed his first 90 minute run-out of pre-season on Saturday and is feeling ready for a big season in West Ham United colours.

The 31-year-old rejoined the Hammers last January and contributed two goals in eleven league games in the second half of the campaign.

With the big kick-off now less than three weeks away, Cole enjoyed a productive tour of Germany, which alongside his full-match appearance against Eintracht Braunschweig also yielded a goal against Mainz.


"It has been a good tour," he told West Ham TV. "We have been all over the country. The Mainz game gave us the kick up the backside we needed and then we kicked on from there.

"We passed the ball well and pressed well and we look fit which is the main thing. We have come away without any injuries which is always a bonus at this time of the year so it was a good time.

"I feel ready good and it is always good to get your first 90 minutes out of the way which I did on Saturday. I felt my running was getting stronger as the game went on and it was good that my body held out. All the hard work is paying off.

"I am going to start the season looking in good shape."

Modibo Maiga notched a double in Saturday's 3-0 win at Braunschweig and Cole was delighted to see him come into form, with the first Barclays Premier League game at home to Cardiff City looming.

He added: "It was great to see Modibo score two goals on Saturday and it is always important for your strikers to be scoring goals.

"You get excited every year at this stage and everyone wants to do well.

"We have got Cardiff at home which everyone says is a good game for West Ham, but on the other hand they have got promoted into the top flight for the first time in years and it will be a tough fixture.

"We want to get a result in that game. We know it will be a tough game."