Noble wants Hammers chance
By Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mark Noble hopes for a first-team opportunity after his Ipswich loan spell.
West Ham's Mark Noble is hoping he can break into the first team at Upton Park after spending the last three months on loan at Ipswich.
The 19-year-old midfielder believes the 13 games he played with the club have given him enough experience to step up to The Premiership, but knows he will have to do his utmost to impress boss Alan Pardew.
"I've come back to West Ham a better player - more mature - and I just want to carry on learning now that I'm back here," said Noble.
"I think I'm ready to play in The Premiership if I get the opportunity, but I know that first I've got to work hard and perform in training to prove to the manager that I deserve a chance."
Noble was given a limited run in the first team last season before a back injury halted his progress, but feels he was unprepared for the challenges of the top flight at that point.
"If I'm honest, I don't think I was ready for it when I came into the team last year.
"It went well for me in the first couple of games, but I had a few problems and I probably didn't have the experience to cope with it.
"Alan Pardew has just told me to come back here and work hard to get myself an opportunity with the first team. If I get my chance then I'll be determined to take it."