Freddie fired up

Freddie Sears is ready to answer the call to help West Ham United's Barclays Premier League survival bid.

The versatile forward, who turned 21 last month, had his loan spell with Championship side Scunthorpe United cut short on Tuesday.

Sears packed his bags and drove back to east London in time to join his Hammers team-mates in training at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday morning.

Having returned from a successful stay at Glanford Park, where he made nine impressive league appearances, the Academy graduate is now planning to make a similarly positive impact in a different shade of claret and blue.

"I got the call to report back and I spoke to Grovesy and he said to come back and start training on Wednesday. It's good to be back and to come home.

"Obviously, my loan was up on 3 January so I wasn't expecting to come back before then as I had three or four games left. I'm happy, in a way, to come home and be back at West Ham. Staying in a hotel at Christmas time isn't the best, so it's nice to be back where I come from.

"It's a massive period for the lads, for the team and for everyone. We have four games in a short period of about eight days so hopefully there will be a chance for players who haven't been playing to play and, you never know, I might get a go. I'll just have to see what happens.

"You see what's happening and the table isn't really doing us any favours at the moment, but the lads are all confident that we'll turn it around and hopefully we can. You can tell on the training pitch that we can.

"The last two games have been called-off, which has been frustrating, but if I'm called upon at Fulham then I'm sure I'll be ready."

Sears spoke positively about his time at Scunthorpe, where he played an influential role in vital away victories at Watford, Preston North End and Hull City from a new role on the left wing.

Having been loaned to Crystal Palace and Coventry City last season, the youngster said he had enjoyed his time with the Iron, but was now concentrating all his efforts on firing up the Irons.

"We started well. We had two good wins when I started there and then we had a little bad spell when we didn't win for five games, which was disappointing, but you learn a lot when you go out on loan. It helps you grow up and you are more of a team when you're in bad situations.

"I quite enjoy playing out wide and I've been playing a lot on the left of midfield or the left of a three up-front. It's harder to get in a position to score. Maybe I should have scored some goals, but I do enjoy playing the position.

"I want to try to push on. It's obviously a busy time so I want to get into the New Year, play a few games and see what happens."