Tony Carr explains why Noble and Tomkins contracts are great for West Ham’s future

Tony Carr is delighted with West Ham United securing Mark Noble and James Tomkins to long-term contracts.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Carr has explained why West Ham securing Noble and Tomkins to long-term contracts hints at a great future for the club.

The director of youth development said: “I’m delighted that Mark Noble and James Tomkins have signed new long-term contracts. It is fantastic for the club and the fans and it just shows how the club is growing.

“Not long ago we were producing the players but finding it hard to keep them so it’s great to see them commit their futures to the club.”

Midfielder Noble and defender Tomkins both agreed new long-term deals earlier this season, having progressed through the Hammers academy and into consistent first-team players.

Noble especially is a key figure in Sam Allardyce’s side, and is current vice-captain with very real hopes of securing an England call-up. The 27-year-old has passed the 300-game mark, and his career in East London does not look to be ending any time soon.

Tomkins is one year younger than Noble, and his role in the team is more rotational than the midfielder, due to the ability of the centre-backs ahead of him. However, he always impresses when called upon, and there is no denying that his career can still reach new heights.

Carr has developed the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole, only to see them move onto bigger clubs to further their careers. To tie Noble and Tomkins down suggests that the Hammers have become a more respectable club to stay with in search of success, and the upcoming move to the Olympic Stadium furthers this opinion even more.

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