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Ravel Morrison is hoping to earn a first-team spot under Sam Allardyce at West Ham United next season following his return from a bright loan spell at Birmingham City.

The 20-year-old joined the Hammers from Manchester United in 2012 where he was considered one of the club's brightest prospects. However a number of off field issues as well as his inability to agree a contract extension with the club forced Sir Alex Ferguson to sell Morrison on the last day of the January transfer window.

Having thus far made just one appearance for the club, Morrison spent last season on loan at Birmingham City in the Championship, something he believes has aided his progression as a player. Now back at Upton Park, the midfielder is keen to continue his development by playing Premier League football.

"Pre-season has been good and I've enjoyed the whole trip so far. I've just enjoyed the work and the whole group has done well," he told the club's official website.

"Hopefully I can get an opportunity. I've just got to carry on working hard in pre-season and show the manager what I can do. It was really good. I think I needed the year out and I think it went well, because I enjoyed my year at Birmingham a lot.

"I missed West Ham a lot but it was still good in the Championship. It was different to the Premier League, obviously, but it was a good challenge. Lee Clark is a great manager and he helped me through a lot. He talked me through my rights and wrongs and he helped me through the season.

/I probably enjoyed the game against Millwall the most, when we came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3. That was probably the best game because the whole team worked hard. I also scored a couple of good goals."


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