Adrian's hungry to improve

He may have picked up a hat-trick of trophies at West Ham United's Player Awards night in May, but Adrian will not be resting on his laurels as he prepares for the new campaign.

The popular Spanish stopper, who is coming into his second season as a Hammer, is looking forward to regaining his sharpness over the pre-season period.

After picking up the Signing of the Season, Best Individual Performance and Save of the Season gongs last term, he wants to continue to impress as West Ham look to better their 13th place finish.

"I can take so much confidence from last season because it was a spectacular one for me," he said.

"It was my first season here and I played a lot of games. That felt really good and this season I need to improve my performance because I am a person who wants to improve year-on-year.

"That constant improvement is always the most important thing for players."

The glovesman is enjoying the hard work of an intense training camp, saying it can only help him back to fitness more quickly.

He continued: "It feels good to be back. We are excited to be back training again and we need to come back as fit as we can, so it's an important time.

"We're training all day when we're here and we need that because it is very important to get right for 16 August.

"The first week of pre-season is taking it little-by-little as we build up again.

"Training for a goalkeeper is different from an outfield player - we train on the other side, with the goalkeeper coach Martyn Margetson

"Step by step we face the new sensations again because we've had one month of holiday and we need to come back strongly. The hands need to touch the ball again!"

The pre-season matches begin on Saturday with a trip to Stevenage, and Adrian already has his eyes on a Boleyn Ground return for the Marathonbet Cup clash with Sampdoria on 9 August.

He added: "All the friendlies will help us to be fit for 16 August. The first one is on Saturday and gradually we will improve as we build for the start of the season.

"We are looking forward to the Sampdoria game because it is the first one at the Boleyn Ground with our fans, at our home, and it's the most important match in pre-season.

"The fans can see the new players and I'm looking forward to seeing them again because everyone knows that, for me, the West Ham supporters are the best.

"We have had a good relationship ever since I arrived here, and I know they will always be in the stadium to help us.

"Playing Sampdoria, a big team from Italy, means we will be stronger for the derby with Tottenham on 16 August, as they will help us improve for the start of the season."