Bywater pledges future to Hammers
By Neil Foster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
With The Hammers dropping into Nationwide Division One, many were expecting a mass exodus from the club, but the England Under-21 international is happy to stay and fight for his place in the side.
He told the club's official website: "I will get these two England Under-21 games played and then hopefully go to West Ham to sort things out.
"I don't have a problem (with Division One) - it is still the same, good people about the place and it is just a different league.
"But the lads will get out of that, no problem, so hopefully there will be good morale and a good team spirit around the camp if we are winning most of the games."
England keeper David James could be lured away from Upton Park in the summer, and with Raimond van der Gouw having left the club already, Bywater could find himself with a real chance of claiming the number one jersey for his own next season.
But the youngster is happy to stay at the club whoever reports for pre-season training later in the summer.
He added: "It doesn't matter who stays. You just have to play well and if you get the chance to play, you have to do that.
"Jamo is number one in England and I am learning from him. I am still young for a keeper and a player in general, so it's nice just to watch and learn."