After suffering the disappointment of relegation in 2011, helping the Hammers to promotion in 2012 and to re-establish themselves in the Barclays Premier League over the past two-and-a-half seasons, West Ham's third longest-serving player - after Mark Noble and James Tomkins - is enjoying the current campaign.
"It's been a less stressful year this year, I guess, in terms of some of the other years we've had!" he confirmed. "It's been good. You learn a lot from the other seasons and it makes you appreciate when things do go well.