Indeed, Sears is now at Ipswich but spent a considerable amount of time at West Ham trying to establish himself in the first team.
And the forward says he spent a little too much time at the Boleyn Ground, time that could have been used towards getting more match minutes elsewhere.
The 25-year-old told the Mail: "It didn't work out for me at West Ham. It was my goal to play for them, but maybe my regret is not leaving earlier and trying to get out and play more games.
"It's a hard decision to leave the club you support and the club that's local to you, but at the end of the day you need to be playing football. I was 22 when I left; maybe I could have left a bit earlier and played more but West Ham's a great club so it wasn't easy."
Right now, of course, West Ham could do with a striker but are, naturally, looking for one of the requisite quality to aid their Premier League campaign.
The Irons will no longer have to compete on four fronts, having been knocked out of the Europa League - and plenty have cast their verdict on whether that is a good thing for the east London side or not.
But a new forward remains a priority for the Hammers, while Andy Carroll's fitness still can't be trusted even if the West Ham striker does return to Premier League action at Upton Park within the next month. Arsenal host Slaven Bilic's team at 1.30pm British Time on Sunday afternoon.