Mullins signs new contract

West Ham United is pleased to announce that Hayden Mullins has today signed a new long-term contract with the Club.

While prospective new Chairman Eggert Magnusson was enjoying his first visit to Upton Park following the announcement of a successful takeover bid, the Hammers midfielder was also at the stadium, putting pen to paper on a new four-year deal that will keep him here until at least the summer of 2010.

Now 27, Mullins originally joined the Club from Crystal Palace back in October 2003 - becoming Alan Pardew's first signing as Hammers boss just a few days after his own arrival at Upton Park.

Since then, the former England under-21 international has enjoyed a roller-coaster ride in the claret and blue - suffering heartbreak in the First Division play-off final against former club Palace at the end of his debut season with the Hammers, before bouncing back to enjoy promotion glory a year later against Preston North End and then playing a key role in our successful first year back in the Premiership.

However, last season ended in heartbreak for Hayden, as he missed out on our memorable FA Cup final encounter against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium through suspension, following his sending-off against the Reds in the Premiership just weeks earlier.

After losing his place in the side to Argentinean international star Javier Mascherano early this season, the reliable midfielder battled back to earn a recall and has been one of our most impressive performers in recent weeks.

His involvement against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday marked Hayden's 135th league and cup appearance for the Hammers, during which time he has scored four goals for the Club.

Manager Alan Pardew says: "Hayden has proved over the last 15 months what an outstanding player he is at this level. He deserves his contract for the consistency he has shown.

"He has a very important role to play in this team going forward, because he is a sound character and a good influence on the young players coming through."

A full and exclusive interview with Hayden will appear on on Wednesday morning…