West Ham news

O'Neil staying on with Hammers

June 29, 2013
By ESPN staff

West Ham have re-signed midfielder Gary O'Neil after he was initially released from his contract at the end of last season.

Gary O'Neill West Ham
PA PhotosGary O'Neil signed for West Ham from Middlesbrough in 2011

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O'Neil, 30, was a free agent having seen his Hammers deal expire but Sam Allardyce has opted to keep the former Middlesbrough and Portsmouth man on – something the player himself says was always on the cards.

"Everything's been agreed," O'Neil told Sky Sports. "I didn't need a medical, obviously they know me quite well. All the terms are agreed and everyone's happy, so I'll just sign Monday morning.

"It took a little while. With everyone being on holiday stuff drags out, but we got there in the end… We were always sorting it out and I was confident I would end up there."

O'Neil joined West Ham from Middlesbrough and 2011, helping the club seal promotion to the Premier League in his first campaign before playing 24 games in the top-flight last season.