Lee: I'm desperate to do well for West Ham

Lee Bowyer has expressed his delight at signing for West Ham United again and says he is determined to be a success at Upton Park this time around.

The 29-year-old midfielder was blighted by injury during his first spell with the Club in 2003 but, having taken a pay-cut to return to east London, insists he will show what he is really capable of next season.

Lee says: "I am desperate to do well for West Ham. I loved my time at Newcastle but this is my Club.

"I didn't play well last time. I had a bad ankle injury and kept playing on it which was to nobody's benefit. I see this as unfinished business - I want to show the Hammers fans what I can do.

"When Alan Pardew came in for me there was never going to be any other outcome."

Lee was born just a goal kick away from Upton Park in Poplar. He grew up playing for the local Sunday side Senrab, a team that also spawned John Terry, Paul Konchesky, Bobby Zamora and Ledley King, and admits that his love for the claret and blue remains as strong as ever.

"I used to come to games with my dad, Dave," he says. "Billy Bonds was my hero and I guess I modelled my game on him. He won honours at West Ham and now I want to do the same. With the current side there is no reason why that shouldn't happen."