Versatile Spector hopes for stay of execution
PUBLISHED: 13:43 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 05 October 2010
By JONATHAN CLEGG JONATHAN Spector has been asked to play more roles than a Hollywood actor since joining West Ham two years ago. The United States defender – whose preferred position is centre-half – has played all across the back four, and even had a s
By JONATHAN CLEGG
JONATHAN Spector has been asked to play more roles than a Hollywood actor since joining West Ham two years ago.
The United States defender - whose preferred position is centre-half - has played all across the back four, and even had a stint as a defensive midfielder during the early months of last season.
The 22-year-old has never been given an extended run in the Hammers starting line-up, but he has accepted a string of emergency assignments without complaint or criticism.
Now the West Ham utility man hopes that his ability to "do a job" for the team will help him keep his job at Upton Park next year.
Spector is one of a group of players linked with a summer exit as Hammers boss Alan Curbishley attempts to trim his squad and raise cash for new signings.
But he is determined to remain at the club and help West Ham improve on this season's 10th place finish next time around.
"I certainly want to stay at the club," said Spector. "The fans are fantastic and the support we have had in the last two seasons has been great.
"The club is extremely ambitious and I know the fans, the players and the board expect more next season. It's something I want to be a part of and I am fairly certain I will be staying."
Spector was a member of the United States squad that took on England at Wembley last night, although a hip injury prevented him from training in the build-up to the match.
The Three Lions will fly to Trinidad and Tobago later this week for a final friendly of the season and some players are already turning their thoughts towards a summer break.
Yet Spector knows that there is little chance of him putting his feet up in the coming months.
The US are playing two further friendlies before taking on Barbados over two matches next month in the latest leg of their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Spector, who has made nine appearances for his national side, is also due to represent them at the Beijing Olympics in August - and the Premier League season will be already underway when he returns from China.
"It will be a busy summer with two World Cup qualifiers and then back for the Olympics, but I'm looking forward to it," he said.
He reveals that playing for his country in China will be one of the proudest moments of his career and will rank alongside the Hammers' memorable victory at Old Trafford in 2007 as his biggest achievement.
"I'm fortunate enough to have played in a lot of big games, certainly the win at Manchester United last season," he said. "But on a level with my country, this is certainly one of the biggest competitions to have played in.
"It's a massive honour on every level to represent my country, especially going to the Olympics.
"It will be interesting to be in Beijing for a number of different reasons and obviously my concentration is on getting as far as we can in the tournament.
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