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Stanislas hopes to nail down Hammers starting berth

PUBLISHED: 17:50 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:23 05 October 2010

Junior Stanislas is determined to build on his promising debut campaign for the Hammers by nailing down a first-team place next season

By JONATHAN CLEGG

Teenage midfielder Junior Stanislas is determined to build on his promising debut campaign for the Hammers by nailing down a first-team place next season.

Stanislas crowned his breakthrough season at Upton Park by netting the winnner in a man-of-the-match performance against Middlesbrough last weekend.

The England Under-20 international will face a battle to keep his place in the starting line-up next year, with crocked trio Kieron Dyer, Valon Behrami and Scott Parker expected to be fit for the start of the new season.

But Stanislas, 19, is confident he can rise to the challenge by maintaining his rapid progress and securing a first-team spot next term.

He said: "My goal for next season is just to cement my spot in the team, grow as a player and just get better. I can definitely make more of an impact next year.

"I've played seven or eight games this year and hopefully if I do well and have a good pre season I can push on next year.

"Obviously some of my starts are down to injuries to certain other players. Hopefully they'll come back to better the team. But I've just got to keep pushing on myself and just keep pushing to keep my place in the team.

"I'll just keep working hard over the summer and I'll come back trying to find my feet more, get more confident and get better and then keep playing next season.


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