Ferdinand Signs Three Year Contract Extension

WEST Ham United are delighted to announce that Anton Ferdinand has signed a three year extension to his contract at Upton Park.

The 20-year-old Academy graduate was instrumental in helping Hammers win promotion to the Premiership last season and over the past year the England Under-21 star has matured into a defender of immense promise.

Manager Alan Pardew said: "The Club is extremely pleased to have secured Anton Ferdinand on a three-year extension to his contract.

"Anton has made rapid progress over the past year and if he continues to play as well as he has been doing then we are going to have a great player on our hands."

Anton made his League debut for the Hammers against Preston North End in August 2003, but really came into his own in the final stages of last season when he formed an imperious partnership with Elliott Ward at the heart of the West Ham United defence, impressing with his commanding displays as Hammers chased down a place in the Premier League.

Anton was equally delighted to have secured his future at Upton Park.

He said: "I'm really happy to have signed an extension to my contract and am looking forward to playing for the Club in the Premier League this season.

"Achieving promotion with West Ham United last season was the greatest moment in my career so far and hopefully I can continue to play well this season and ensure that we stay in the Premier League.

"West Ham United is a fantastic club that deserves to be back in the Premiership and there is a great atmosphere around the Club at the moment."