Chadwell Chatter

Josh Cullen reflects on a landmark week in his career and looks forward to making his debut for Republic of Ireland U21s
Hello everyone,

Well, what a week it has been! Not only did we win 3-0 at Liverpool and do some fantastic business in the transfer window, but I also managed to make my Barclays Premier League debut and sign a new long-term contract with my club, West Ham United.

Our win at Liverpool was fully deserved, too. The boys were saying in the dressing room afterwards that they didn’t really have a chance because we restricted them well. We looked a constant threat really, every time we got the ball. When they got it, we looked resilient and they didn’t get a sniff to be honest. 

I would like to thank the gaffer a lot for chucking me on for my Premier League debut. It was amazing, and hopefully it’s the first of many and I can repay him the favour sometime soon. 

It was a surreal feeling straight after the game, what with us not having won at Anfield for a long, long time, so to go there and win 3-0 and get on the pitch for a few minutes at the end made for one of the best days of my life. I’m absolutely chuffed.

I managed to swap shirts with James Milner at the final whistle, but then I had a bit of a panic because I wanted to keep my Premier League debut shirt too! Luckily, I was able to get it back so it’ll be great to have two shirts, one for my Premier League debut and also one from a full international like James. 

After beating Arsenal at the Emirates and Liverpool an Anfield, we can go into every game believing we can win it. People probably expected us to be on six points by now but not in the way we’ve done it!

We’ve proved we can beat the best teams and there’s no doubt in the changing room that the results at home will come. We’ve proved it to ourselves and everyone else that we can mix it with the best of them. 

On a personal level, I know I’ve got a long way to go. Obviously the U21s isn’t quite the same as playing in front of 45,000 fans. When I get the opportunities, I need to do my best and show what I can do. 

On Monday, I was delighted to sign a new contract until 2018, which was great. West Ham is my club and I want to be here for as long as possible, so to have this security means I can concentrate 100 per cent on my football and not worry where I will be playing for the next few seasons.

We are currently on an international break and I was honoured to be called up by Republic of Ireland U21s for the first time and I hope to be involved on Friday night when we take on Qatar U23s in Bury.

We play in Andorra next week in our second 2017 European Championship qualifier – in the same stadium where I played for West Ham against FC Lusitans back in July in the Europa League!

It’ll be funny to go back to Andorra, as it’s a place I thought I’d never go to in my life but I’ll have gone there twice in a few weeks!

It’s my first U21 call-up so hopefully that’ll go well and we’ll get another win like West Ham did. The boys beat Lithuania in their first qualifier, so we want to build on that and keep our 100 per cent record going.

Have a great weekend.