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O'Brien out to hammer top-half finish

IRELAND international Joey O'Brien says he's targeting a top-half finish with West Ham after signing a new deal with the Hammers.

Arriving on a free transfer from Bolton after a six-week trial last year, O'Brien has revived his career at Upton Park and the Dubliner will now stay at the club until 2017 after agreeing on a contract extension.

"I am delighted. It's for three-and-a-half years so hopefully I'll have plenty more good times with the club and that's what I'm looking forward to doing now," said O'Brien.

"I definitely dreamed of what has happened since I joined West Ham. When I got released by Bolton, I had not played for about two-and-a-half years in the Premier League or really any games in that length of time, so since I have come here things have worked out well from the start.

"A manager that I knew (Sam Allardyce) got the job at this club and invited me down to training and having that six-week trial seems a long time ago now. Thankfully for me, that went well.

"Last year, it went great. To be back playing some games was fantastic for me and, in the end, we got the job done and got promoted.

"This year we have started really well and it's been good. Our aim was to finish in the top half and we're on course to do that."