West Ham United youngster James Tomkins is excited about the prospect of challenging for a regular first-team spot at Upton Park in the near future.
The 19-year-old has played three times for the Irons in recent weeks due to an injury crisis and is relishing the opportunity to force his way into boss Alan Curbishley's long-term plans.
Tomkins told the Essex Echo: "My first objective is to play regularly for the first team.
"I'm West Ham through and through. I've been here since I was eight years old. My family background is all West Ham and I don't see myself anywhere else.
"It's brilliant. I've got great support around me. All the players are brilliant to me and have confidence in me. That's given me confidence to try and perform and play well.
"As a youngster being part of this club, a club that has produced so many good players, it's great to be a part of that."
Meanwhile, the Hammers have been credited with an interest in Napoli's Slovakia international midfielder Marek Hamsik, who is also rumoured to have been tracked by Chelsea.