Mark Noble has been granted a testimonial by West Ham, and the midfielder has reacted to the news on his personal Twitter account.
What an honour, thank-you to the chairman for granting me a testimonial for March 28th, blood sweat and tears for this amazing club #MN16— MARK NOBLE (@Noble16Mark) December 22, 2015
The 28-year-old midfielder has spent his entire career with the Hammers, having progressed through their youth season and into the first-team set-up. He did spend two loan spells with Hull and Ipswich, but former England Under-21 international is a true Hammers’ legend.
Since making his debut in 2005, Noble has played 340 times for the East London side, and his dedication was rewarded at the beginning of the season when head coach Slaven Bilic named him captain.
He has played well in the middle of the park this year, featuring in all-but one of West Ham’s Premier League fixtures, with his brand of no nonsense midfield play aiding the club.
He may not have the technical attributes that many of his more illustrious teammates have, but few in the division have the same work ethic and passion as him, and his testimonial is a just reward for Noble’s work with the Hammers.
Noble has spoken of his honour at being awarded a testimonial with the club, which will be played later this season against an all-star XI, to ensure the club veteran can enjoy a memorable game at the Boleyn Ground prior to the move to the Olympic Stadium next season.