From the Boardroom - David Gold

It has been really exciting to see the draws made for the first and second qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League.

It could have been a lot worse for us travelling hours across Europe and I'm looking forward to seeing the game in Andorra.

I'm sure a lot of fans will be excited to see us back playing in Europe and will be able to travel to a country that is on the Spanish and French border.

It will be even more exciting for FC Lusitans to visit the Boleyn Ground and I'm sure it will be like a big cup final for them when they arrive in east London.

It is also the chance for a number of our youngsters to come and watch West Ham play competitive European football for the first ever time.

This is our entry into Europe and is the beginning of a long journey, but an exciting one at the same time.

We know the rewards for winning the competition is a place in the Champions League and that is the ultimate dream.

I know some of the players have returned for the start of pre-season training and there is a great deal of excitement around the squad.

This is the beginning of a new adventure and there is a really good feel around the place.

We have already signed Darren Randolph and Pedro Obiang and we are working hard behind the scenes to try and strengthen the squad.