Noble wanted to carry on
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham's Mark Noble has revealed he did not want last season to end.West Ham youngster Mark Noble has revealed he did not want last season to end, after breaking into The Hammers' first team.
The 18-year-old made a positive impact after being handed a chance by manager Alan Pardew as the East Londoners secured promotion to The Premiership via the play-offs.
Noble is now eagerly anticipating high-profile games against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United and pitting his wits with such figures as Steven Gerrard and Roy Keane.
"I didn't want to stop playing at the end of last season," revealed Noble.
"I knew we had four weeks off after the play-off final but I didn't want to break up and go on holiday - I wanted to keep playing and get into The Premiership straight away.
"I started in the first team last Christmas. It was just a brilliant experience for me to go up - and to have that experience at a young age will never leave me.
"I'm looking forward to having big teams like Liverpool and Manchester United coming to Upton Park because I used to go and watch them there.
"Hopefully that will now be me. Steven Gerrard and Roy Keane will be playing next year and I can learn from the experience.
"The Championship last year was a bit frantic but this year, in The Premiership, you will have to use your brain a lot more."