West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has reacted on social media site Twitter after being informed that his contract at the Boleyn Ground will not be extended.
Although the London club do not have a manager in place at this moment in time, the hierarchy at West Ham have taken it upon themselves to release the striker.
It means that he is free to look for a new club, and the target-man centre-forward says that he is looking forward the challenge.
Looking forward to my next adventure. I have spoken to West Ham United and it has been decide not to extend my contract...— Carlton Cole (@CarltonCole1) May 28, 2015
...I wish West Ham United all the best and I will look out for their progress in the future. Thanks for a great 9 years. it's been emotional— Carlton Cole (@CarltonCole1) May 28, 2015
Cole has been at West Ham since 2006 so he will be eager to test himself in a new environment and will hope to rediscover his best form.
The 31-year-old was generally considered a back-up choice during his final season at West Ham and will be aiming to play more of a first-team role for his new club.
Cole scored 68 times during his nine years with the Hammers. He also made 293 appearances over that period.