James Tomkins determined to embrace emotional challenge at West Ham this season

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West Ham United defender James Tomkins has commented on the club's final season at Upton Park, revealing excitement over the future.

West Ham United defender James Tomkins told the club’s website that he’s excited ahead of an emotional final season for the Hammers at Upton Park.

West Ham will move into the Olympic Stadium at Stratford for the 2016/2017 campaign and hopefully they will be a European club when it happens.

Tomkins has no doubt that the side will be looking to leave fans with happy memories, signing off with a win in front of supporters on May 7.

“That is going to be some game for everyone associated with the Club. Fans, players, everyone. Again, no game will be easy, Swansea are tough. But we will be determined to send the ground off with a winning result and that is what we will be trying to do,” he said.

“It’s an exciting time for the club, making sure we can give the ground a good send-off and then looking forward to the move to the new Stadium, we are all looking forward to it.”

While leaving Upton Park will be emotional, it’s a necessary move for the development of the club.

Switching to the Olympic Stadium will increase the capacity of home games for the Hammers, which gives them a chance to attract a higher number of new fans.

The responsibility of manager Slaven Bilic will be to ensure that the team is playing a good brand of football, which makes supporters proud and sees them returning on a regular basis to get behind the club.

Off the field it’s an important move, which removes the burden of stadium debts and allows the club to restructure advertising and sponsorship deals which will be more valuable because of the greater exposure.

It’s a no brainer and Upton Park can be the setting for a very special final season at the club’s historic home.

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