Carlton Cole has expressed his delight after signing a new contract which will keep him at West Ham United until summer 2015.

The contract is reward for the striker whose performances since he re-joined the Club in October 2013 have seen him net four Barclays Premier League goals in eleven appearances.

Cole has worked hard to regain full match fitness since returning to play for Sam Allardyce and the fans' favourite believes his efforts have paid dividends.

He told West Ham TV: "I'm really happy. I've worked hard to get to the position I'm in right now. The manager asked me to come back in the summer and I've worked hard to get my match fitness and I've scored a few goals whilst doing that.

"My main aim was to get back fit, play some games and put myself about making sure that I had a future here. That's what I've done and the Club's rewarded me. I can't thank them enough. Now I just want to help the team push on and get further up the table."

In all, Cole has played 251 games in Claret and Blue, notching himself 63 goals and picking up seven England caps along the way.

The 30-year-old says he always knew he could contribute after returning to east London and is thankful for the opportunity to do so.

"I've always believed that I can score goals and that's the main thing as a striker, you want to score goals and help the team win. That's what I'm here to do and hopefully I'll get more chances to do that."

The forward helped the Hammers pick up a morale boosting win over Cardiff City at the weekend, a result which moved the Club out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Cole swept home the first goal against the Bluebirds, a goal which took his tally to four for the season and meant he has already doubled his haul from last season.

Whilst choosing to keep personal targets to himself, the No24 has his eyes firmly set on keeping West Ham in the Premier League after putting pen-to-paper on his new deal.

"I've never said that I've got targets but I have my own targets in my head. Hopefully I can get to where I want to get to. First and foremost it's all about Premier League survival, we're down there fighting it out and we just need to stay up and then work from there next season.

"Cardiff was a must-win game for us. They're down there with us as well so we needed to stamp our authority over the teams that are in our position.

"It was always going to be a hard game going to Cardiff but now we're in a better position than we were when we went there. Now we've got to focus on getting higher up the table."

The challenge for Cole and his teammates now is to achieve back-to-back wins for the first time since the Hammers were promoted back to the top-flight in 2012, a fact which the frontman is well aware of.

"The manager knows that's a big fault of ours. We're at home in the next game and we want to get a home win to go with our away win and make it back-to-back wins.

"The manager knows what we need to do and hopefully we'll go out there, fight and get the result. Any result that comes our way at the minute is what we need."

Saturday's visitors to the Boleyn Ground, Newcastle United, are on a run of four straight defeats but Cole is adamant that the team's performance must be right, regardless of the opposition.

"For me, it doesn't matter who we're playing, every game is a cup final for us because of the position that we're in.

"Whether it's Newcastle or Manchester United, we still need to go out there, put up a performance and make sure we get the vital goals and clean sheets."

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