New Colchester signing Teddy Sheringham admits he hopes to play against son Charlie, the Crystal Palace forward, next season.
He said: "Charlie has to break into his team and I have to break into mine, but it would be very nice to be in opposition.
Having started four games last season, Sheringham was upset at how his time at Upton Park ended under Alan Curbishley.
"I felt undervalued," he said. "West Ham did their job and got out of trouble but I have had a lot of managers who have liked the way I play football, while some just don't. Geraint Williams likes the way I play and to me, at this stage in my career, that's all that counts.
"I had one or two other offers but this is not a comedown for me at all. I know exactly what to expect because I started at this level.
"I had a Championship year with West Ham three years ago and it was tough going. It is a big division and you have to be on top of your game to compete with these teams at all times.
"I just want to play football and this is the level I am at right now. My ambition is still burning strong."
He added: "I haven't thought about coaching at all. I still think I am good enough as a player, so it was not even mentioned in discussions."