However, Nolan’s chances of such game time has been diminished this summer following the arrival of a number of new players, such as midfielders Dimitri Payet, Pedro Obiang and Manuel Lanzini.
Speaking to The Sun ahead of the new campaign, the former Bolton Wanderers man highlighted the need of regular first-team action and explained the importance of his next career step.
“I’ve made it known that I don’t want to be sitting on the bench. I want to be playing and giving my all in training,” he said, quoted by The Sun.
“If that’s good enough great, if not we’ll have to sit down and find out where we go from there.
"I’m coming to the tail end of my career and I’ve got to do what’s best for me and my family.”
Nolan’s chances of regular league football under newly-appointed boss Slaven Bilic is slim to say the least.
However, the Europa League represents an opportunity to get some much-needed playing time.
With his contract running out next summer, it’s likely that this will be his final season in a West Ham shirt regardless, therefore financially he could be better off staying put at least for one more year.
That said, a year of limited game time could restrict his options for future employment and considering his age, his next move is arguably the last telling contract he will receive as a top-level player.