Maynard out to impress

Hammers striker has no regrets about January switch

Nicky Maynard: Convinced he made the right decision in joining West Ham six months ago

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Nicky Maynard says his decision to move to West Ham has been justified by their promotion to the Premier League.

The striker was criticised for leaving Bristol City in January as some suggested his reasons for switching were money-motivated.

Maynard stressed at the time that he had opted to head to Upton Park because he was convinced they would give him the opportunity to play at the highest level.

He is now gearing up for the new season and is determined to help West Ham retain their top-flight status.

"It is every English footballer's dream to play in the Premier League and that is the main reason I left Bristol City," the 25-year-old told London 24.

Self-belief

"I wanted to play in the Premier League as quickly as possible. West Ham came in for me, who were in the Championship at the time, but I knew that they would go into the Premier League.

"I am here now and it is down to me to produce and stay in the top flight with West Ham."

Maynard hit three goals for the Hammers as they clinched promotion via the play-offs, and he is confident he can hold down a regular starting berth next season.

"I believe in my ability and I believe I can do the job," he stated.

"The gaffer has got so many strikers he can choose from, so it is down to us to catch the eye in pre-season and try and win a place for the opening game."