New contract for Snodgrass

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 2nd July 2019

Robert Snodgrass has signed a one-year extension to his existing contract, tying him to West Ham until the summer of 2021.

The former Scottish international, once openly mocked by members of the club's own Board has competed a remarkable turnaround by landing a 12-month extension to the three-and-a-half year deal originally signed in 2017.

Now however West Ham United are "delighted to announce" that the winger, 32 this coming September, will be extending his stay in Stratford.

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Snodgrass, reacting to the news told West Ham's website that he was delighted to have secured the extension, which puts to bed any concerns regarding his immediate future.

"I'm delighted to commit my future to this club," he said.

"Sometimes you get a chance to play for that one club that's special, going through that special time, and I believe at this moment that's West Ham. They're building something special here.

"For me, it's about trying to build on last season. Trying to get more goals and more assists and trying to be the best teammate I can. I will just take it one per cent at a time and do the best I possibly can.

"The drive for me is to be a better player; to listen and learn. We're constantly learning, and the manager and his staff will want to implement more ideas, new ideas. To be part of that going forward, I'm delighted."

Meanwhile manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has rejuvenated Snodgrass' career since arriving at West Ham, also expressed his delight at securing the Scot for a further year.

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"Robert brings many qualities to the team and excellent character and mentality in the dressing-room," he added.

"He has proved himself to be a very important player for us, a good influence on those around him and I am very happy that Robert has signed an extension to his contract."

Snodgrass has looked set to leave West Ham for good in December 2017, whilst on a season-long loan at Aston Villa, after becoming embroiled in an online spat with the club's co-owner David Sullivan.

Sullivan had previously told reporters that "my kids begged me not to sign" the winger, before vice chair Karren Brady weighed in by using her tabloid column to suggest that "Robert Snodgrass wasn't exactly a triumph".

And at the time, Snodgrass sarcastically snapped back at Sullivan by using his twitter profile to state: "Everyone tagging me in this like you're all surprised! Thanks for your support, MR CHAIRMAN."

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