Gardner on trial at West Ham
Jamaican international Ricardo Gardner could make a shock return to
the English Premier League as he is currently on trial with struggling
West Ham United.
Gardner, who has been without a club since being
released by Bolton Wanderers in the summer of last year, joined West Ham
last week and turned out for the team’s development squad in a match
Should the 34-year-old make the cut, he will
be reunited with former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce. Interestingly, the
player turned down the chance of being reunited with Allardyce a little
less than two years ago, opting instead for a contract extension with
Bolton. Gardner spent 14 years at the Greater Manchester Club, making
some 347 appearance and in the process becoming the second
longest-serving foreign player in Premier League history.
West Ham are without first choice left back George McCartney, who injured knee ligaments in December.
Hammers having plenty of capable replacements in Dan Potts, Emanuel
Pogatetz and former Wanderers player Matt Taylor, the West Ham boss
looks set to take a chance on Gardner – whose career was also blighted
by a succession of serious of knee injuries.
Despite not having
any contract offers since his departure from the club, Gardner has kept
in shape by training with Trotters and recently featured for Jamaica’s
Reggae Boyz, albeit in an unsuccessful defence of the Caribbean Cup in
Gardner could also link up with former Bolton teammates
such as Jussi Jaaskelainen, Kevin Nolan, Joey O’Brien, Ricardo Vaz Te
and the aforementioned Taylor.