West Ham United striker Carlton Cole says the club's move to the Olympic Stadium will help its presence in the community grow even bigger.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced on Friday that the Hammers had been given the right to make the Olympic Stadium their home from 2016.

Cole, who scored one of West Ham's goals in their play-off final victory at Wembley last May, is looking forward to seeing the club develop with a new 54,000-capacity home.

"I'm very impressed by the plans," he said, "I knew it was going to be impressive when it was unveiled and now the club can plan to make it a home for West Ham United.

"It's very exciting times. You look to the future to make things brighter and this is a great plan. The owners have got the fans' interests at heart - the Olympic Stadium will be more accessible to get to than the Boleyn, and tickets will be more accessible too.

"That's the main thing at the end of the day - the community matters to West Ham and that's what's spurring this project on.

"Moving there gives the club a massive platform to help the community. Everyone is excited in and around West Ham, all the players too.

"It's a great opportunity to help the club move on to the next level."

The stadium will now undergo a transformation to turn it into a football ground with retractable seats covering the athletics track, following its success in hosting last summer's Olympic Games.

Cole cannot wait to see the Hammers build upon the legendary stories already told inside the venue during that unforgettable summer.

He added: "Usain Bolt came here, lit up the stage, Mo Farah my friend came here and got his golds. There have been some great athletes in there already, and hopefully there'll be more great athletes coming through our youth system to play there.

"I came here during the Olympics and it was a brilliant atmosphere. The noise level was unreal and our fans are going to raise the roof, so it's going to be good."