Teddy eyeing another year
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Teddy Sheringham admits he is keen to prolong his career with West Ham.Teddy Sheringham admits he is keen to prolong his career with West Ham, whether they achieve promotion or not.
The former Manchester United man has played a major part in the London outfit's charge to the play-off final, chipping in with 20 goals and being crowned Championship Player of the Year.
The Hammers face Preston at The Millennium Stadium on Monday, live on Sky Sports 1, with a place in The Premiership at stake for the lucky winners - and Sheringham could be fit to play a part after missing the semi-final victory over Ipswich.
Hammers boss Alan Pardew recently outlined his desire to prolong Sheringham's stay at Upton Park, and the veteran would bring extensive top-flight experience should they emerge victorious on Monday.
The 2001 Footballer of the Year insisted that whilst the timing was not right to debate his future with the final fast approaching, he was keen to play on for another year at West Ham.
"It's got to be left really with the situation as it is," said Sheringham.
"It has been the same for the last few years but I am hopeful I will be a West Ham player next season - I certainly want to be.
"I've enjoyed this year, I love playing for West Ham and I would like to be here whatever division we are in next season."Meanwhile Sheringham's fellow forward Marlon Harewood has also pledged himself to The Hammers, even if they fail to reach the highest level of English football.
"I am a West Ham boy and if we go down I want to stay, I won't cause ripples," said Harewood. "My future is in other people's hands."
"I love this club, we are a tight-knit group who mix socially like Chelsea, I am very close to my fellow striker Bobby Zamora.
"We are desperate to get into The Premiership, we all want to take on the likes of Rio Ferdinand and if we don't keep learning he will eat you alive.
"I am an ambitious guy but I want to be ambitious with West Ham."