Cresswell signs new West Ham contract

Aaron Cresswell has signed a new one-year contract at West Ham.

The 34-year-old Liverpudlian is already the club’s longest-serving player, having been signed from Ipswich in 2014, and will now spend an 11th season with the Hammers.

“Ten years is a long time, and I’ve loved every minute of it here,” Cresswell told West Ham TV.

“I’m delighted that I’m going to be here for at least another season. Me and my family are very happy down here. My son and daughter were both born here – my boy at Queen’s Hospital down the road in Romford – and he is West Ham mad.

“I think there are similarities between east London and Liverpool, in terms of the environment of hard work, commitment and giving everything you’ve got, and I like to think I’ve shown that during my time here.

“Every time I put the jersey on it means a lot to represent the club. This year has been a bit of a change in role – I haven’t played as much, but I’ve been in football a long time to understand that there is a bigger picture than just playing every week.

“I’d like to think I’ve done that well when not playing, supporting the team and the lads.”

And Cresswell is hopeful he will get regular game time for the Hammers next season.

“Of course, I still want to play and I wouldn’t have signed the contract if I didn’t think I was fit enough and healthy enough to still do a good job for the team,” he said.

“I’ve been fortunate with injuries in my career and I’ve always tried to do the right things off the pitch, by eating and sleeping well, training hard every day and trying to keep the standards high.”