Carlton Cole cannot wait to pull on a claret and blue shirt again after re-joining West Ham United.

The England centre forward has signed for the Hammers on a short-term contract until 13 January 2014, reuniting him with the Club he represented 237 times over seven seasons.

After working on his fitness at Chadwell Heath for the past few weeks, Cole successfully came through a behind-closed-doors match with Championship side Charlton Athletic last week.

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The striker, who scored 59 goals for the Hammers between 2006 and 2013, told West Ham TV he is looking forward to getting reacquainted with the team-mates, coaching staff and supporters he knows so well.

"I'm in an excellent mood, am happy to be back and can't wait to get working with the lads again and start my season off," said Cole, who turned 30 on Saturday and will wear the No24 shirt.

"I've been working hard with the strength and conditioning coach Mathew Monte-Colombo in the gym and he's been really hands-on with me to get me up to standard to train with the team and get my match-fitness up as quickly as possible with a view to signing.

"I feel fit and raring to go and it's time to start knocking on the manager's door to get some games under my belt."

Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole is back up to full speed on his return to West Ham United

Cole rejoins the Club at an exciting time, with the squad on a high following a 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at Tottenham Hotspur and players like Stewart Downing and Ravel Morrison adding quality to the group.

"I didn't actually see the Tottenham game but I saw the goals going in on Sky Sports News and, being a West Ham fan, I was over-chuffed for the team, the players and the manager.

"I'm definitely excited because there are top-class players here and it's good to be playing and stable in the Premier League and looking to progress and do better than last season. We've got the players to do that and hopefully I can be a part of it."

Reflecting on his departure from the Boleyn Ground in the summer, Cole is now looking to make up for lost time and make his mark again in a West Ham shirt.

"At the end of the day, everything happens for a reason and you don't always choose what is going to happen to you. We decided to part ways in the summer but West Ham and me have ended up together again! Hopefully I can come in and be who I am and help the team achieve what we need to achieve."

A powerful presence, Cole initially joined West Ham from Chelsea in July 2006, scoring with his first touch on his debut in a 3-1 home Premier League win over Charlton Athletic the following month.

After two seasons on the fringe of the starting XI, Cole became a central figure for the Hammers during the 2008/09 campaign, during which he netted 12 goals in all competitions. Cole would finish as West Ham's leading goalscorer in four straight seasons between 2008/09 and 2011/12.

Cole's form saw the one-time England U19, U20 and U21 international earn a senior debut against Spain in February 2009. He now has seven senior caps to his name.

The most-famous of Cole's West Ham strikes came at Wembley in May 2012, when his first-half goal put Sam Allardyce's side on the way to a 2-1 Championship Play-Off final victory over Blackpool and promotion back to the Premier League.

Prior to his initial spell with West Ham, Cole began his career with Chelsea, making his first-team debut for Chelsea in a 3-0 home Premier League win over Everton on 6 April 2002. He scored his first senior goal on his first Chelsea start in a 2-0 Premier League win at Middlesbrough three weeks later.

Cole totalled 35 appearances and eight goals during five years at Stamford Bridge, while also enjoying loan spells with Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers and Premier League sides Charlton and Aston Villa.

Away from the pitch, Cole has long supported community and charitable causes, while he is also a talented DJ.