Parker delighted to be a Hammer

Scott Parker today enjoyed his first visit to Upton Park as a West Ham United player and spoke for the first time about his £7 million move from Newcastle.

"I had some good times up at Newcastle and I thoroughly enjoyed it," he said. "But once I knew there was interest from West Ham, I spoke to the manager and the Chairman and my decision was made."

Scott expressed his excitement at joining the Hammers and linking up with former boss Alan Curbishley, who was disappointed to see the talented midfielder leave his charge when he was managing Charlton.

"These things happen," said Scott. "Now, when I look back, it obviously showed how much the manager thought of me.

"There's no doubting that under Curbs it was probably the best football I've played in my career. I'm really looking forward to playing under him again and being at West Ham.

"I think we're going to bring in some more signings. There's a foundation here at the moment and the Club are going in the right direction. You can see that from today with the new sponsorship deal. I think we can really go and push on."

Curbs also expressed his delight at rekindling his successful working relationship with the 26-year-old England international.

"I think that Scott brings so many qualities to the Club, one of them is leadership," said Curbs. "He was captain at Newcastle. When he played for me at Charlton, even as a young boy, he was captain out there. But he's got lots of qualities.

"His energy and enthusiasm are going to endear him to the West Ham fans. Plus his other qualities, he can score goals, he can make goals. He sees the pass as well. When we had a chance of trying to sign Scott we went for it and we're really pleased that it's come through and we've got our man."