Normally West Ham’s signings and contracts seem to be a rather public affair. Much has been made of the negotiations between Sam Allardyce and David Sullivan over the Nene signing, Diafra Sakho asking for (and, most certainly, deserving) a new contract, and Winston Reid’s endless will-he-won’t-he sign a new contract saga (spoiler alert: he won’t.) With that in mind, it was refreshing to see that negotiations quietly and progressively went on behind closed doors in order to extend local boy and vice-captain Mark Noble’s contract with the club.
Noble’s current deal was set to expire this summer, with an option to extend it for two years. Instead of taking up the two year extension, West Ham presented him with a new five and a half year deal which includes a reported £10,000 a week pay rise.
Mark Noble’s new deal will keep him at West Ham United until the summer of 2021. This will see him play for the Hammers until he is 33 – not bad for a boy who joined the club at just 13 years of age!
I’m absolutely thrilled for Mark Noble. It’s so rare in football nowadays to see a genuine affinity and loyalty to one club for the duration of a player’s career. Noble’s first-team debut came when he was just 17 years old, and he marked 300 first time appearances for West Ham in November of last year. Over Noble’s many years of service for West Ham, he’s been a calm, passionate and driving force for the club. His commitment to the Hammers has never been questioned, and many remember him leaving his heart on the pitch when he was in tears after a late Tottenham goal (isn’t it always a late Tottenham goal) saw West Ham lose 4-3 to their local rivals.
On his new contract, rumoured to be worth £50,000 per week, Noble stated that the contract “is great for me and my family, because it gives us security for the rest of our lives.” He continued to say “It’s not about the money, though. I always give 100 per cent in every game I play, even if it’s not enough. As a West Ham fan, I know we’ll lose games like everyone does, but I’m settled, I’m happy and that’s when I play my best football.”
Noble will also reportedly be awarded a testimonial match at Upton Park – a game which may be the Hammers’ final game there before moving to the Olympic Stadium.
It’s good news for West Ham to have the heart of their team commit what is most likely the remainder of his career to the club, and it is inspiring to see him and fellow academy graduate James Tomkins choose to remain at the club that brought them into the professional game.
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