Crouch retains faith in Pulis

BY foxsports • March 25, 2013

James Tomkins is determined to earn himself a new contract at West Ham United and represent the club at the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers are set to move out of their Upton Park home and take up residence at the base of London 2012 in time for the 2016/17 campaign.

Tomkins is aware of how special the atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium promises to be, having formed part of Team GB last summer.

He is desperate to experience the thrill of competing on such a stage for his boyhood club, but acknowledges that he will first have to convince West Ham that he is deserving of fresh terms.

Tomkins told the Sunday Express: "It seems so far away right now but it will come soon. It should be a brilliant moment.

"My contract expires just before it happens but hopefully I will still be around because, just like all the fans, I am looking forward to that occasion.

"This has been my club since I was eight. It's hard to see me ever being anywhere else because I have been here so long, and my family are as excited as I am.

"To see their son potentially playing there makes them very proud. And being a local boy, I will be doubly proud to be there."

Allardyce

It remains to be seen who will make up the West Ham playing and coaching staff when they move into their new home, but Tomkins feels current coach Sam Allardyce should be given every chance to guide the club into an exciting new era.

He added: "He is doing a great job here.

"He got us promoted at the first time of asking and you can't ask for much more, really."

Stoke have enjoyed great success in their previous six seasons under Pulis' stewardship, but there is a sense in the stands that the team has stagnated this campaign.

Crouch, though, believes Pulis and the Stoke board will kick the club on again once a minor blip has been overcome.

He said: "I look around the club and I can see it getting stronger. The squad is improving every year.

"It's true to say that if you look at most clubs that make progress, they find themselves having to sell the players who do best. But the thing is, that hasn't happened at Stoke.

"Look at somebody like Ryan Shawcross, who has signed a long-term contract when people said he might move on, while Steven N'Zonzi has been a real find.

"You can look at the squad and, season on season, it is always better than the year before.

"Players are happy to sign new contracts because they can feel the club is always moving forward. That's credit to the manager for persuading people to sign contracts and it is credit especially to the chairman, who has been fantastic with the investment he has made in the squad."

He added: "But it doesn't matter what a chairman does or what a manager says, if players sense things are not right they will always move.

"That hasn't happened here and it tells you that the feeling within the group of players is that we can still do a lot more."


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