As confirmed by the official West Ham website, Kevin Nolan has left the Boleyn Ground by mutual consent.
The 33-year-old, who scored 31 goals in 157 games for the Hammers, has left due to the lack of playing time guaranteed by head coach Slaven Bilic, after a number of new signings made over the summer.
He had played five times this season prior to his exit this week, and Nolan played a vital role in seeing the Hammers back into the Premier League back in 2012.
He signed from Newcastle in 2011 when the East London side where in the Championship, and captained the Hammers to play-off final success. When promotion was won, he enjoyed a strong campaign back in the top flight, helping Sam Allardyce’s side establish themselves in the Premier League.
His influence waned after that, and he struggled for game time last term, and after Allardyce left the club, it was always expected that Nolan would follow
Despite not being the most technical player, and a central part of Allardyce bringing long ball football to the Boleyn Ground, Nolan will always be respected at the club for the work he did with them, and fans praised him on Twitter when news of his departure came to light.
Goodbye Kevin Nolan. One of the best captains I've seen. Good luck elsewhere #WHUFC— James longman (@longers1) August 27, 2015
For what it's worth I'll always be grateful to Kevin Nolan for what he done for us and never forget the dance goal celebration #WHUFC— Stewart Neilson ⚒ (@stewartjneilson) August 27, 2015
Love him or loathe him Nolan has been the best captain we've had in a long time. Hope he does well wherever he goes. #WHUFC— Olly (@OllyWhu) August 27, 2015
Nolan at his best was an amazing player for us. Thank you for everything capt. #whufc— Christian Tan (@ChristianTan3) August 27, 2015
Kevin Nolan was fantastic for his first 2 years at #WHUFC . He had a good spell in February 2014 during a poor season.— Jordan (@jordanwray16) August 27, 2015
Nolan being released is a good thing, just not going to cut it this year but can't deny he has done a good service to the club #whufc— Marcus Desbois (@MarcusDesbois) August 27, 2015