Spence agrees new deal

Jordan Spence has completed a May to remember by agreeing a new one-year contract with West Ham United.

The promising defender made his first-team debut for the Hammers in the 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Manchester City on the season's final day.

Former England Under-19 international Spence then captained West Ham to the semi-finals of the HKFC IP Global International Soccer Sevens in Hong Kong before returning to England and celebrating his 20th birthday on Monday.

After visiting the Boleyn Ground to agree his new deal, which will begin on 1 July, the youngster is jetting off for a well-earned holiday in Florida.

"I'm pleased to get it sorted and to know that I'll be at the football club next season, so I'll be able to crack on and make progress.

"To be honest, I never thought I would be leaving. I've got faith in God and I know that as long as I continue to work to my best, then He will take care of the rest and where I'm supposed to be, I'll be. What I'm particularly pleased about is that that place is going to be here."

Spence was loaned to Championship side Scunthorpe United during the early part of the season, but returned to impress for Alex Dyer's reserves and push his way into the first-team picture.

"Being out on loan was always going to be a learning experience and something I wanted to do in order to help me to push on and help me do better when I came back."

Jordan Spence

Like every one of his club-mates, Spence knows his next task is to catch the eye of the Hammers' new manager when he arrives at Chadwell Heath for pre-season training in July.

"When Alan Curbishley was here, I got sniffs of the first-team set-up, but then there was a change of manager. It's a cliché to say everyone starts with a blank sheet, but I'll obviously be looking to impress whoever comes in and to kick on."

Before then, the No42 is heading to Florida for a well-earned holiday, but he is adamant that he'll keep in shape while in the United States.

"I won't be running along the beaches, but I will be keeping it up. Funnily enough, after Hong Kong I feel quite sprightly and fresh so I'll be looking to maintain my level of fitness.

"It was my second time in Hong Kong and everything about it was positive. It's a great place, a great tournament and we also got to the semi-finals. Being the oldest player out there, it was nice to see how the younger boys did and how we worked as a team.

"I also scored a couple of goals, one of which was alright as well as there was a little run from the halfway line involved!"