Filed: Wednesday, 2nd May 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham's number one Rob Green says he is looking forward to ending the season - and possibly his career in east London - at Wembley.
Despite a lucrative contract being on the table for some considerable time, the former Norwich stopper has refused to extend the five-year deal he signed in the summer of 2007 and he appears destined to leave Upton Park at the end of the season.
But the prospect of making a potential farewell in the play-off Final - which would also be the club's first appearance at the new stadium and their first at Wembley since 1981 when they drew with Liverpool in the League Cup Final - is an irresistable prospect for Green.
"To play at Wembley in front of a full-house of 90,000 people in one of the biggest one-off games in the world would be nice," the England 'keeper told whufc.com. "If that's not enough of a carrot dangled in front of us, I don't know what is.
"We can't look past the semi-final [against Cardiff] though because it will be tough. We've definitely got the motivation there to do the job in hand, though."
Green, who was signed by Alan Pardew in the summer of 2006 as replacement for Shaka Hislop has been a virtual ever-present for West Ham since and has made 238 first team appearances in total.
Now 32, the Chertsey-born Woking supporter has played for just two clubs throughout his entire career - the first ten years of which were spent at Norwich, for whom he made 240 starts and one substitute appearance.
He has also been capped 11 times for England having made his debut against Columbia in May 2005. His most recent appearance at international level came in the ill-fated 1-1 draw with the USA in the 2010 World Cup Finals.
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by Albert Mootaga
11:01AM 3rd May 2012
''Got a really horrible feeling that he's going to get snapped up by Bagpuss whether we win promotion or not.''
07:36AM 3rd May 2012
''I too hope he doesn't leave and I think he will have a lot to consider should we win the play-offs. He has been an outstanding servant of the club and would be very, very difficult to replace. It is a sign of how much we think of him when you get disappointed at one goal getting past him. For me he is every bit as good as Hart and was dealt a disgusting deal by Capello and England. Best West Ham 'keeper ever, for me.''
by Andy Smith
02:57PM 2nd May 2012
''Eik! I hope this is not going to happen but if we don't get to the play off Final and he leaves he will have played 240 games for us like he did Norwich. Does he get itchy feet at 240?
Well played to a great servent anyway but please stay Rob!''
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