Ex-midfielder: Why there have been dressing room jokes over Winston Reid

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Former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison has suggested there would have been some jokes in the dressing room as Winston Reid negotiated his new deal.

Former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison suggested in a podcast for Knees Up Mother Brown how the squad would have taken Winston Reid’s new deal.

Reid recently signed a new long term contact to stay with the club and Collison has suggested there would have been jokes at the New Zealand international’s expense as the negotiations went on.

“He keeps himself to himself Reidy, but he's been fantastic over the last two seasons - You just get on with it, it sometimes turns into a bit of a joke, having a bit of a banter, calling him greedy but I bet they're all delighted that he signed on,” said Collison.

There were plenty of reports floating around of sides potentially coming in and looking to buy Reid if a resolution hadn’t arrived, but the club deserve credit for keeping him and getting him to sign.

Reid is an experience Premier League option and while there are areas he could arguably work on, he should be the main in the heart of the West Ham defence for several years to come.

He’s effective when the ball is on the deck and also when dealing with attacks over the top of the side.

His challenge for the rest of the season and beyond will now be to keep his head down, to work hard and to justify the show of faith shown to him by the club.

He has to grow and continue to develop as a player and if he can be consistent then he’ll help the club push for a place in Europe over the next couple of years.

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