Adam: I'll Talk

Adam Newton will have discussions with Glenn Roeder at the end of the season before deciding whether to take up the club's offer of a new one year deal.

Adam, who was the 1999 FA Youth Cup final man of the match when West Ham overcame Coventry City, has made two substitute appearances for the club in addition to loan spells with Notts. County, Portsmouth, and, more recently, Leyton Orient.

Prior to going across east London, he was a regular in the reserves, but Glenn Roeder felt it would be beneficial to the player to get some competitive action - and promised that his progress would be monitored.

Says Adam: "I did well there, playing 10 games and scoring one, but I should have scored more to be honest.

"I was playing right midfield or right wing, though I told the Leyton Orient manager I was happy to play right back if he wanted.

"It is a good surface, especially for this time of the year, when a lot of the lower league pitches have cut up and have hardly any grass on them."

Former Hammer Paul Brush, the O's manager, was impressed enough to offer him a contract at Brisbane Road, but 21-year-old Adam says: "I am just keeping my options open. I am going to see the season out at West Ham, then sit down with Glenn Roeder and see what happens.

"Then I will decide - but there is no point rushing.

"In a way I has hoped to get an offer here but I was quite surprised. There comes a time when you have to listen to other offers as well - but I was quite happy that they still want me to stay.

"I will talk to Glenn about what plans he has got for me at West Ham, and hopefully it will be good news, but if it is not I will have to start considering some options.

"I know Glenn will tell me straight, and I will be straight with my questions. I will give him my honest opinions if he asks me anything as well."

Glenn has often maintained that he is patient regarding youngsters' development, and insists that different players develop at different rates.

To a degree, Adam is unlucky in that he came through a youth team that spawned the likes of Joe Cole and Michael Carrick, who have gone into the first team in their teens.

But there is certainly no jealousy, and Adam says: "They have progressed and done well. They have taken their chance, and hopefully I would have got that chance, but it is something to discuss with Glenn Roeder and see what he has got to say.

"I have always got an open mind, but my main concern is for myself and my football career."

Adam admits that leaving Upton Park would be a wrench, and adds: "I have been associated with West Ham for so long. I have grown up with the club and supported the club as well.

"All my family would like to see me do well at West Ham and so would I, but if not I am going to have to look elsewhere - that is what happens in football.

"I think Orient is an option but I will have to wait and see if there are any other offers, and maybe I will have to consider them."