Frank McAvennie backs reported new deal for West Ham goalkeeper David Martin

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Frank McAvennie is delighted to hear that West Ham goalkeeper David Martin could be handed a new contract which will see him assume a new role at the club.

West Ham announced their retained squad list last week, informing fans that defender Fabian Balbuena would depart at the end of June, but there was no mention of Martin, who had been expected to leave upon the expiration of his current deal.

However, writing on his personal Twitter profile, Irons insider ExWHUemployee claimed the 35-year-old is due to be handed a new deal to stay on in a dual role of player and academy coach.

Former West Ham striker McAvennie believes it’s a smart move to retain the shot-stopper who grew up an ardent Irons supporter with his dad, Alvin, playing over 400 games for the club.

“He knows the club, it’s in his and his dad’s DNA,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.

“They’ve always got good people in and around them, so that would be a good one.

“Well done to him, as a player and coach they can call on him at any time, like they did in 2019.

“I’m all for that.”

Makes a lot of sense

Martin’s wages are not likely to be astronomical, so this looks to be a move that suits all parties.

For Martin, he does not officially have to hang up his gloves yet, and he will still harbour some hope that he could taste senior action again before he eventually retires, while it opens a new pathway for him after his playing days do come to an end.

It’s a club close to his heart and one he is now familiar with in terms of its inner workings.

For West Ham, meanwhile, it ensures an emergency option in goal if anything dramatic occurs to our first two or three goalkeepers, and employing someone so ingrained into the club to work with the young goalkeepers can only be a positive thing.

Nothing has been made official yet but we can’t see any potential hitches that could thwart this deal being thrashed out and announced in the coming days or weeks.

In other West Ham news, the Irons are ready to re-hire this 52-year-old as a senior man steps down.

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