Faubert enjoying fine form
West Ham defender Julien Faubert says he is at his best after extra work on his fitness during the summer.
Last Updated: 22/02/10 3:46pm
West Ham defender Julien Faubert says he is in the best form possible following his first goal for the club in the 3-0 win over Hull City.
Faubert bagged the final goal in the crucial victory over their relegation rivals, having earlier set up Carlton Cole with a superb pass to put his side in cruise control.
Valon Behrami opened the scoring for the Hammers to secure a result that lifted Gianfranco Zola's men up to 13th in the Premier League table and four points clear of the drop zone.
It took Faubert 31 months and 50 league games to open his account for the side he joined in 2007, and the full-back is now commanding a regular place in the starting XI.
His time at Upton Park has not always been easy for the Frenchman, however, after he struggled to win over the fans and force himself into the first-team reckoning.
But the 26-year-old says that has changed, and he now believes he is playing the finest football of his career after spending the second half of last season on loan at Real Madrid.
He said: "I have been waiting a long time for that goal. Maybe it's a surprise that I haven't scored before.
"Mentally and physically I am on top of my game now, because I can get forward more now. I am at my best level now."
The defender also revealed how he saved his career during the summer by enrolling at a fitness boot camp.
He admits he was overweight prior to the start of the current campaign and is now reaping the benefits by playing on a weekly basis.
He added: "I was overweight. I worked hard on my fitness last summer. I have worked hard to keep my weight careful.
"My wife Pamela booked me a week at Merano in Italy, where we went and I did some fitness work.
"I lost five or six kilos and had a good pre-season. It has worked out. She likes it when I play regularly because I come home happy."