James' Therapy

James Walker reckons that writing his autobiography was "like therapy" - and insists he made the right decision to move to West Ham.

James' book, 'Size Isn't Everything' has just come out and chronicles his 10 years at Walsall.

"I was asked to do it for the testimonial," he says.

"I dismissed the idea at first but doing it was like therapy, remembering the old stories that you might have forgotten.

"I might have to add a few chapters when I retire, though!"

Indeed, it is a new phase in James' career in which he has spent most of the campaign on the sidelines after being a regular at Walsall for a decade.

"It has been great so far and I have settled in with the lads quite well," he insists.

"They made me feel welcome, we work hard, and that is what it is all about - and we have been fairly successful on the pitch.

"I had 10 good years at Walsall playing every week but this is a new chapter and a new challenge.

"I am not the best watcher of games but I get on really well with Stephen and I realised what a good keeper he is when I came down here.

"What is best for the team is best for the team - and hopefully I can play my part in that.

"There is no point being here if you are just going to settle for being part of the squad; I played 500 games plus at Walsall and I just want to add to that tally - we will see what happens.

"I am a Nottingham lad so the Forest and Derby games were hard to miss! But I am sure I made the right decision to come here.

"Looking from the sidelines is totally different from playing - it looks quite difficult out there! - whereas when you are playing you are totally involved in it, and getting into the game."

James enjoyed watching the victory against Wolves, though, and adds:

"Getting a win over Wolves was good because I don't think their league position tells the full story - they are a quality squad with a good fan base and it was a big test for us.

"There are a few clubs not in positions where they would want to be like Leicester and Sunderland and it just shows you what a difficult league it is, that you can't just wave a magic wand and win every game.

"It is down to hard work, a bit of character, and some luck - and hopefully we can have all three of those this season."