Rob Hall is looking forward to showing Oxford United supporters more of his undoubted talent when he returns with his Premier League West Ham side on Tuesday evening.
The Aylesbury striker enjoyed two fruitful loan spells with the npower League Two club last season, scoring six goals in 14 appearances and dazzling the U’s faithful with his quick feet and elusive dribbling and movement.
Tuesday’s pre-season fixture at the Kassam Stadium – kick-off 7.45pm – will give the 18-year-old former Grange School pupil a chance to show why he is considered one of English football’s most-promising young players.
The player told West Ham’s official TV service WHUTV he was ‘desperate’ to be involved in a fixture that is set to be attended by dozens of his friends and family members, many of whom hail from Hall’s hometown.
“Hopefully I’ll be involved but I have to take it step-by-step,” he said.
“We’re back in training today and I’ll work hard to try to get into the squad.
“It would be great to go back there and play again in front of the Oxford fans and nice to be in and around the team and the club because I really enjoyed my time there.”