Carlton Cole says goodbye- writes farewell letter to fans

West Ham fans may not get to see Carlton Cole in claret and blue any more after the striker announced that he was leaving the club. Cole originally released in the summer of 2013, but rejoined on a short deal later and then penned an eighteen month contract in January 2014.

Cole, lest we forget, took a pay cut to stay at the club when we were relegated and showed great loyalty, when he could have easily picked up a gig in the Premiership.

Carlton Cole

The news was revealed by Cole on his Twitter account

Looking forward to my next adventure. I have spoken to West Ham United and it has been decide not to extend my contract..

I wish West Ham United all the best and I will look out for their progress in the future. Thanks for a great 9 years. it’s been emotional

He also wrote an open letter to fans on the official website, saying that he’d “grown from being a boy to a man here”

I’ve been at West Ham United for quite a long time and I’ve enjoyed myself here, with all the ups and downs, the heartaches and everything that came along with it..

At the same time, I’ve grown from being a boy to a man here and everybody has treated me like a part of the family. It is heart-warming to know that I have got such support and that I have done my fair share for the club and been part of the history as well, which is very important for me.

I’m very happy to have been a part of it and, wherever my future may lie, West Ham will always have a special place in my heart. It means a lot to me to have been at West Ham for so long. I wouldn’t like to use the word hero, but I have played my part. A load of players have come and gone, but I’ve stayed around and enjoyed every minute of it.

Good luck on your next adventure Carlton, we’ll miss you! You may not want to be called a hero, but you were certainly one for many of us!

We’ll leave with one of our favourite Carlton Cole memories (Youtube video below)

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