It has been a long journey for Steve who more recently has to had to endure a calf strain and illness having made the long haul back from an ankle problem.
He did get a run-out against Fulham in the FA cup at Upton Park, coming on as a substitute to a great reception, but by his own admission still has some work to do to get back to his best.
Alan Pardew has mulled over the thought of sending him out on loan, and Steve says:
"It is a possibility because if you are playing first team football that is what you want.
"If the gaffer doesn't feel I am ready here yet at the stage we are at, that he can't afford to have me taking four or five games to be fit, I appreciate that.
"But I have to be a little bit selfish as well and I have to get some games under my belt so I am ready to help out here at first team level.
"I have got an open mind; playing is the be-all and end-all so any decisions the manager makes will fit in around that.
"These decisions weren't applicable six months ago so it is good.
"I have been a regular for seven years barring injuries and I have missed a lot of games now so I am keener than most."
As to whether he would look at a contract extension which would lead to a testimonial, he says simply:
"I haven't looked that far ahead; I love it at West Ham and that goes without saying.
"I have turned down three or four moves because I love the club."
He is full of praise for the way the supporters have stuck with the club and adds:
"The crowd can be somewhat temperamental but I think this season they have shown what true football people they are.
"When there have been periods when we have been under-achieving and not producing the goods especially at home they have stuck by the team.
"From what I have seen the fans have been fantastic this year; they have realised there has been a lot of change and have shown their true mettle, really supporting the team."