Cresswell: I haven't signed new West Ham deal to make up numbers

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Cresswell: I haven't signed new West Ham deal to make up numbers
Cresswell: I haven't signed new West Ham deal to make up numbers
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Aaron Cresswell says he hasn't signed a new deal with West Ham United just to make up the numbers.

The 34 year-old fullback has penned a new 12 month contract in the past week.

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"My role has changed a bit, but I understand how things work in football, and there’s a bigger picture,” Cresswell, who has scored eleven goals in 349 appearances in all competitions for the Irons, told the club's website.

“I obviously want to play as much as possible, and when called upon I think I’ve stepped in and done well, certainly in the big European games against SC Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen last season.

“But there’s more to it than just playing every game sometimes. When I’ve not been on the pitch, I like to think I’ve supported the other players, and in particular Emerson on the left of defence, who has been brilliant.

“I’ve managed to avoid big injuries throughout my career, and thankfully I’m still fit and healthy. I always try and do the right things in terms of eating and sleeping well, and training hard, so I feel I’ve still got a lot to give in whatever capacity that is.”

He also said: “Nobes was someone who played every game for years and years, and then took on a different role during his last season in the squad. 

“He was an example off the field, with his commitment and the standards he set, and he was always ready to contribute when needed.

“With Nobes having retired, and then (his successor as captain) Declan Rice leaving last summer, I like to think I can take on that role as one of the senior voices now, and can pass on my experience and knowledge of the identity of the Club.

“There’s a new management team that’s come in, and our Academy is booming, so I think that could be really important, and I’m certainly ready to help out as much as I can.”