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West Ham's Cole: I'm playing with a smile on my face

West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole admits he is already enjoying his return to the club.

The 31-year old is back at Upton Park after departing Liverpool earlier this month and on the weekend against QPR managed to score his first goal for the Hammers since he left for Chelsea back in 2003.

Cole said it felt good to contribute to the East London clubs 1-1 draw and is hoping for more of the same as he gets back to playing regular football again.

"It was nice to score. I know we're going to put a lot of crosses in and it's up to me to try to get on the end of things," he told the club's official website.

"It was good and, of course, the main thing was to get a point and keep us moving forward and getting points on the board.

"It's always nice to score any goal. When you have days like that in football, you just have to try and enjoy them. I'm happy and playing with a smile on my face."

He added: "I felt a bit stronger. It's just about getting my body hardened to playing 90 minutes again. It's nice to have an effect on games. I have played three games now and I've had an effect on them.

"It's good and I'm enjoying it - I'm enjoying my football and that's the main thing. I'm just settling in and all I want to do is be part of a good team and a good bunch of lads, help my team to win and enjoy my football - that's all I want."

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Andrew Slevison
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