Moving from club to club is something of a regularity for your typical footballer. Nevertheless, once in a blue moon a player sticks to the one club he truly desires.

West Ham's midfield maestro Mark Noble has recently proven his love for the Hammers by signing a new contract with the club.

The centre midfielder penned a new five year deal up tol the summer of 2020.

Manager Sam Allardyce had full of praise for the former England U-21 international, saying he just loves the club and it's rare to find a 'one club man' in today's football.

Allardyce said: "He's West Ham born and bred. Somebody who commits to one club is a rare thing nowadays. He loves West Ham and he loves the area and its good news for everybody."

The Canning Town born midfielder has made a club record 211 Premier League appearances and has been voted Hammer of the Year on two occasions, first in 2012 and then in 2014.

He was also inducted into the Championship PFA Team of the Year for the 2011/2012 season.

Noble has gone onto captain the England side at U-21 level having culminated 20 caps for the Three Lions. He also guided the U-21's to second place at the 2009 UEFA European U-21 Championship finals.

After making his debut as a 17 year old in 2004, the midfield stalwart has experienced success and heartache at Upton Park, much like the supporters.

However, despite this, the tenacious 27-year-old, who is yet to receive a call up to the England senior squad, is on the cusp of becoming one of the great legends of West Ham, joining the likes of Billy Bonds, Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking.

Allardyce said that the move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/2017 season will determine whether Noble can be classed as one of the greats to turn out in the famous claret and blue shirt.

The former Blackburn Rovers boss said: "It depends what the club achieves in the Olympic stadium. It's got a great platform to make the club the greatest it's ever been. As long as the new players playing in the new stadium grace that venue.

"There's an opportunity to develop the club even further than it's gone now, and that's by bringing younger and better players in than we've already got with Mark Noble in the middle of that.

"It will be a greater challenge for Mark to stay with the elements of the club in order to move the club forward, which is hopefully the case.

"There's been a bigger threat on places this year for everybody, which has been healthy competition as far as I'm concerned. The healthier the competition, the more pressure on the player; the more pressure on the player, the greater the performance of the player on a more consistent basis because they know what they have to do."

Allardyce added it's key for players to progress through the ranks for two reasons.

"One, you know all about them and there affection for the club is greater than the players you bring from outside of it because they have the chance to play in the first team through the development system," he said.

"Secondly, in transfer terms, it saves you a huge amount of money, which allows you to go and improve the team somewhere else when you bring an academy player through."