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West Ham defender wants new contract

08:42 22 April 2014

West Ham United's George McCartney and Crystal Palace's Tannick Bolaise (right) compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

West Ham United's George McCartney and Crystal Palace's Tannick Bolaise (right) compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

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Hammers full back George McCartney is keen to impress enough in the final matches of the season to win a new deal at Upton Park

West Ham full back George McCartney is just one of a host of players out of contract at Upton Park in the summer, but he was quick to declare his desire to stay at the club in the future.

The 32-year-old is in his second spell at the club and having played 23 games in claret and blue this season, he is keen to add more to that going into the next campaign.

“Of course I want to stay here,” said the Northern Ireland international left back. “I am not getting any younger of course, but it would be lovely to be here next season.”

With Pablo Armero proving somewhat unreliable defensively and Joey O’Brien’s injuries proving problematical, then McCartney must have a chance of a new deal, even if it is only a one-year contract, but he stressed that nothing has been said yet.

“Talks haven’t started yet,” he admitted. “The manager has already stated he will wait until we are mathematically safe before he starts talking as I think there are a few players out of contract.

“We will wait until that day comes and see what happens.”

According to the full back, that day may already be there as he feels West Ham already have enough to secure their Premier League future, despite Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace.

“To be honest, I can’t see Fulham or Cardiff winning three out of three,” said McCartney.

“I know Sunderland are still in there as well, but I can’t see them getting the points to catch us either, while you have the likes of Norwich City and West Brom below us too.

“It would have been nice to get the win against Palace just to make sure we are safe and not have to rely on other teams losing.”

So where did it go wrong for West Ham on Saturday? McCartney tried to explain it.

“It was frustrating,” he said. “We had plenty of the ball and in the first half we created a few chances.

“The second half was pretty much the same and they then have got the goal they started playing in the counter-attack and finding a bit more space because we are chasing the game.

“I think we ended up with 32 or 33 crosses, but it just didn’t fall for us in the box.

“It was a game we believe we could and should have won, but you have got to take your chances. I think the first goal was going to go on and win the game and unfortunately that was Palace.”

Manager Sam Allardyce drafted McCartney in at right back on Saturday in place of Guy Demel, showing just how versatile the player is having played there and at centre back during this injury-hit West Ham season.

“Guy Demel wasn’t too well on Friday,” explained the defender. “We were hoping he was going to be better for the match, but he still didn’t feel good. Obviously the manager wanted me there, and though you always try and favour your strongest foot, I think it went well.”

There are three games to go for McCartney to prove he deserves a new deal and he is hoping that he can help inspire the team to a big finish.

“It would be nice to get a big finish, especially for the supporters, because I know they were frustrated against Palace,” he said. “We want to try and finish as high up the table as we can, so hopefully we can get another two wins before the end of the season.”

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