Nicky Maynard says his decision to move to West Ham United has been justified by their promotion to the Premier League.
The Hammers striker was criticised for leaving Bristol City last January, with some suggesting his reasons for moving were money-motivated.
“It is every English footballer’s dream to play in the Premier League and that is the main reason I left Bristol City,” the 25-year-old told London 24.
“I wanted to play in the Premier League as quickly as possible. West Ham came in for me, who were in the Championship at the time, but I knew that they would go into the Premier League.
“I am here now and it is down to me to produce and stay in the top flight with West Ham.”
Maynard hit three goals for the Hammers as they clinched promotion via the play-offs, and he is confident he can hold down a regular starting berth next season.
“I believe in my ability and I believe I can do the job,” he stated.
“The gaffer has got so many strikers he can choose from, so it is down to us to catch the eye in pre-season and try and win a place for the opening game.”