Reid excited by Premier League
West Ham's Winston Reid is looking forward to Premier League football after a dogged campaign in the Championship.
Last Updated: 23/05/12 12:18pm
West Ham defender Winston Reid is looking forward to Premier League football after a dogged campaign in the Championship.
The 23-year-old was part of the Hammers side that sealed promotion to the top flight with a win over Blackpool in the play-off final.
It was just rewards for the New Zealand international, who went through a transitional phase last term following his arrival in east London.
"It's been a tough, long year with so many games and I'm really looking forward to next year now," he told the club's official website.
The Hammers had been the bookmakers' favourites to claim automatic promotion and for long periods of the campaign looked like they would achieve that goal.
However, a late slump in form allowed Reading and Southampton to claim the automatic places, forcing Sam Allardyce's side to contest the lottery of the play-offs.
But Reid was full of praise for the way his team-mates dealt with the pressure as they returned to the elite division of English football.
"We have been under pressure all year and to finally get promotion it's amazing," he added.
"Saturday was for the fans - all season they have been amazing and they really deserve to be in the Premier League and we have pulled it off."