By George Overhill

4th May, 2022 | 10:10am

West Ham keeper David Martin raves about 'addictive' club amid 'amazing dream' run

West Ham reserve goalkeeper David Martin has opened up on the experience of being “lucky” to be at an “addictive” club amid the European run.

The 36-year-old is fourth on the chart of Hammers goalkeepers this season behind Lucasz Fabianski, Alphonse Areola and Darren Randolph, which he admits has been difficult.

But despite not making an appearance this year, and only one match-day squad for the final Europa League group game, the son of club legend Alvin is still full of praise for the experience of being an Iron, particularly for the experience of reaching the semi-finals of the competition ahead of the second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt (5 May).

Martin told The Athletic about his current situation: “It’s been a bit tricky for me personally because there’s four goalkeepers and I’ve moved down because of that.

“Mentally, it’s been a challenge but it’s one you have to deal with as a footballer, especially when you’re at a big club. It’s always going to be competitive.

“It’s addictive being part of this club and I enjoy being here every day. Sometimes I think, ‘Wow, I’m so lucky to be here’. I also think I have something to offer as well, whether it’s on the pitch or helping my team-mates.”

And on the historic run on the continent he said: “To see West Ham beat the big teams in the league and get so far in Europe has been an amazing dream.

“It’s the best dressing room I’ve been in. We’ve had quite a few years of tough times and last season we finished sixth, now we’ve reached this far in the Europa League. It’s been a long time coming and we have needed the supporters through the good and bad times.

“I’ve never felt an atmosphere like the home game against Sevilla. That is a big reason why we’re at this point of the competition now because of the support from fans. We’d be nowhere without them so my message to the fans is: thank you.”

Massive

The Europa League experience will live long in the memory of fans and players alike.

And with the final still a real possibility there is scope for the season to go down in club history as one of the best.

It is a strange existence for reserve goalkeepers to be a valuable member of the playing squad while knowing they have very little possibility of actually playing.

That is all the more so in the case of Martin with three former starters in front of him.

But it is testament to the nature of the club, and the success that David Moyes is bringing about, that the former Millwall man feels so at home and is enjoying himself so much.

Ex-Hammer Rob Green famously lifted the Europa League trophy with Chelsea while wearing full kit, despite not playing a minute for them that season.

A similar fate for the Irons keeper who has no minutes this season is still on the cards, and would no doubt go down in club legend if his teammates can provide him the opportunity.

In other West Ham news, a player hotly tipped to leave is reportedly running out of options outside of the London Stadium.

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