Former Player Blog - Glen Johnson

Former defender Glen Johnson looks back at his memorable spell with the Hammers and is excited by the Club's move this summer

Glen Johnson will never forget his breakthrough into the West Ham first-team when he was just 18-years-old and the chance he was given to play at the highest level in the Premier League.

Johnson was fortunate enough to come through the Club's famous Academy and says it helped him produce his best form when he went on to make big money moves to Chelsea and Liverpool.

The 31-year-old is now playing for Stoke but he still has a lot of good friends at the east London Club and will be keeping a close eye on the Hammers when they move into the new Stadium during the summer....

I had a lot of happy times at West Ham United and I have said over the years it was where I spent the majority of my young years and it set the foundations for me.

The Club has always meant a lot to me and it always will do.

I hope they can move onto the next level when they move into the new Stadium during the summer.

Obviously I have got a lot of friends there both inside and outside of the football Club and they have a big fan base.

I'm sure the fans will fill it and they will have a great time there.

It has been a great year for West Ham and they have got some very good players.

It has never been easy to play against West Ham and now it is harder as they have slightly better players.

They have a very good side and were unlucky not to break into the top four last season.

Hopefully the team will get into the Europe and the fans deserve it. It will be great for the football Club.

I had a lot of great memories at the Boleyn Ground but my standout memory would have to be my debut.

You work so hard from such a young age to achieve that and I have a lot of friends who didn't make it so that will stay close to my heart.