Former team-mate Ryan Nelsen sings praises of Winston Reid's West Ham extension

Winston Reid and Libor Kozak

The former Tottenham defender was Reid's centre-back partner for New Zealand.

Yesterday saw West Ham announce that Winston Reid had finally signed on the dotted line of a contract extension with the club. The central defender agreed on a new six-and-a-half year extension to his current deal, which was set to expire at the end of the season.

With the contract tussle now firmly behind him Reid can concentrate on becoming perhaps the best New Zealander to have ever played in the Premier League.

One man who would contest that previous statement would be Ryan Nelsen.

The former Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur defender was a stalwart at the heart of defence during his time in England, and he has been singing the praises of West Ham and Reid after this deal was agreed.

In quotes from Team Talk, originally from Sky Sports, Nelsen said of the new contract:

"There is a huge history at the club and they want to go places and this is a real statement to sign an absolute quality defender, proven in the Premier League and he will there obviously for his career now. It’s exciting for both parties.

"Obviously there is no hiding place in this league and it takes a bit of time. For Winston, what was great about him is that year they had in the Championship, I think he’s learned his trade there and every year he has gone up and up. He's only 26 and he’s still probably not as his prime.

"It’s an absolutely fantastic signing, especially since I think in the market it’s very hard to find proven quality centre-backs, for relatively low cost and in terms of not having to pay for a transfer and getting him on a six and-a-half year deal."

Reid will be hoping now to kick on and take his West Ham career to the next level. He is just 26-years-old and possesses all the attributed to become an exceptional defender, rather than the good one he is now.

Perhaps even better than Nelsen.

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