'The fans are going to love it'

Martin Peters MBE wishes he could dust off his boots and run out at the Olympic Stadium in claret and blue when West Ham United kick-off their first game there in 2016.

The West Ham legend and FIFA World Cup winner marvelled at the latest plans of the club's prospective new home and reckons these are exciting times for Hammers supporters.

And Peters, who notched 100 goals in his nine seasons in east London, confessed to being envious of those who will have the privilege of playing at the iconic venue.

He exclusively told West Ham TV: "There's another three years to go yet, but seeing what the stadium's going to look like, it's going to be a fantastic stadium and a fantastic place to go and play. So it will be brilliant for the supporters and for the players themselves - as long as we win! That's the main thing.

"It will be [one of the best in the country. I've looked at the different things that are set to happen and I wish I was playing.

"All the top teams will be looking forward to playing in the Olympic Stadium, because it's such an outstanding stadium. The supporters are going to be loving it as well, even the away supporters will love it!"

Though Peters, of course, will forever have affection for the Boleyn Ground, he too recognises the need to move up the road to cater for more Hammers supporters.

He continued: "We're always full here and I'm looking forward to it. I think it's exciting times, not only for the club and the players, but for the supporters. It will be brilliant for everybody. It's such a fantastic stadium and the support will be almost twice as much as we get at the Boleyn Ground at the moment."

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