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Spector signs a new contract

PUBLISHED: 16:33 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

WEST HAM defender Jonathan Spector has signed a new contract at the club, despite currently being sidelined with a long-term injury. Spector, who has been out of action since April with a hip injury, has agreed terms on a new deal that will keep him at Up

WEST HAM defender Jonathan Spector has signed a new contract at the club, despite currently being sidelined with a long-term injury.

Spector, who has been out of action since April with a hip injury, has agreed terms on a new deal that will keep him at Upton Park until June 2011.

The 22-year-old returned to training this month and revealed that West Ham's offer to extend his contract even as he recovered from injury had convinced him to sign the new deal.

He said: "I appreciate their confidence in knowing I'm going to be making a full recovery and knowing I was doing everything I possibly could do in the US for my rehab to make it back.

"I've certainly enjoyed playing for West Ham and it's somewhere I want to be. I feel I have some things I want to accomplish at West Ham and I was happy that the club gave me the opportunity to do that."

The versatile defender's first priority is to regain fitness ahead of a possible first-team return next month.

But Spector insists he will not attempt to rush his return to action for fear of aggravating the problem.

"Obviously, it gets tougher each week you're out. It gets more frustrating because all you want to be doing is playing," he said.

"But when you're out for that length of time, you're not going to take a big risk unless you're completely comfortable - because in the big picture, an extra week isn't make-or-break.


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