West Ham confirm Nolan departure

The 33-year-old Hammers captain has left the club by mutual consent after four seasons at Upton Park

West Ham United have confirmed that captain Kevin Nolan has left the club by mutual consent.

Nolan, 33, was appointed skipper soon after his arrival from Newcastle United in 2011, but made only 19 Premier League starts last season.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “West Ham United would like to thank Kevin for his considerable effort and commitment over the past four seasons and wish him all the very best for the future, on and off the football pitch.”

Nolan said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at West Ham United and will take some great memories with me. I’m now looking forward to the next challenge playing for a new club.”

Manager Slaven Bilic said: “I can only say a big thanks to Kevin from the club because he was a great captain and a great professional. I wish him well.”

Hammers co-chairman David Gold thanked the midfielder via Twitter, saying: “Kevin Nolan helped lead us out of a difficult time at West Ham. I want to thank him for his efforts and wish him well for the future.”

Nolan scored 31 goals in 157 games for the Hammers, helping the club acheive promotion back to the Premier League in 2012.