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Lastuvka vows not to disappoint Czech mate

PUBLISHED: 17:39 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:30 05 October 2010

NEW signing Jan Lastuvka is determined to justify the faith shown in him by West Ham after completing a loan move to Upton Park this week. The 26-year-old Czech goalkeeper finalised his switch to the Hammers from Shakhtar Donetsk on Monday and will serve

NEW signing Jan Lastuvka is determined to justify the faith shown in him by West Ham after completing a loan move to Upton Park this week.

The 26-year-old Czech goalkeeper finalised his switch to the Hammers from Shakhtar Donetsk on Monday and will serve as back-up to regular No1 Robert Green this season.

Lastuvka has already had a taste of English football in the Premier League following a season on loan at Fulham two years ago, but he maintains that he has yet to show his best form in this country.

He said: "I mainly need to adapt quickly and convince the club that they have not made a mistake in signing me.

"However, I believe I will not disappoint anyone."

Lastuvka also expressed his gratitude to compatriot Ludek Miklosko, the West Ham goalkeeping coach, who played a decisive role in his decision to join the Hammers.

"Ludo played a big role in finding an agreement with Donetsk," he said. "Now it is my turn to prove that he did not make a mistake."

Lastuvka, who played 25 times on loan for VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga last season, is keen to play regularly for West Ham, but recognises that Green is firmly installed as the club's first-choice goalkeeper.

He said: "I realise Robert Green is a very good keeper and he is clearly number one in the club.

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