Sinclair Still Unsure

Last updated : 06 April 2002 By Mike Reich
Sinclair: Wants to Win
Trevor Sinclair's year could end up by being one of the best of his life: he's become a father, he's played some outstanding football at West Ham, he's got two caps for England and he might well be on a plane to the World Cup in a couple of months time. What more could a man want?

European football apparently.

"Winning something and playing in Europe was what I wanted when I put in the request. I want to play in Europe. Saying it might happen two or three years down the line, if I was 24, that would be fine, but I feel like I'm reaching my peak now.

"It is noticeable when I join up with the England squad. Just over a week ago I was training with these guys, then this week I was watching them playing in the Champions League.

"When you see that you think: 'Oh, I wish I was part of something like that'. It would give me a chance to really test myself against the best players in Europe on a regular basis, not just when I play for England."

He says that West Ham hadn't kept the promises that were made to him when had signed his contract - namely that the best players, like Rio and Frank, would be kept. When they were sold, it made it very difficult, as the club was 'in decline' according to the ex-QPR man.

"It was about giving myself the best opportunity to win something. The state that the club was in at the time, there was no way I could do that at West Ham. I had been told, when I signed a contract a year earlier, that West Ham were going to keep hold of Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard.

"They didn't do that. They had their reasons but I wasn't bothered what they were. I had been told one thing, it didn't happen and the club was in decline.

"They are going in the right direction now. We are definitely staying in the Premiership, we've brought in some good players in David James, Don Hutchison, Tomas Repka and a few others. Glenn tells me he's still looking to improve. But I haven't done a U-turn."

It is up to Glenn and the board now. It is not about signing good players this summer - it is more important than that: it is keeping the great players that we already have at the club. Including Trevor.