Kevin Nolan pleased with Ravel Morrison improvement

Nolan pleased with Morrison improvement
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West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan believes that Ravel Morrison has benefited from last season's loan spell with Birmingham City.

West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan has praised the improvement of Ravel Morrison during pre-season.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who spent the last campaign on loan at Birmingham City, scored during the Hammers' 3-2 friendly win over Sporting Clube de Portugal on Monday.

"The lad has got ability," Nolan told the club's official website. "It was all the off-field stuff and his mental attitude to the game and I think he has come back [with a renewed approach].

"Hopefully now this will be the start of what is going to be a fantastic career for him, because as you can see he has great ability and can score goals too.

"I'm going to help him as much as I can this season, talking to him on the pitch and off the pitch. If he can get it all right, he'll be a top player for years to come."

West Ham start the new Premier League campaign at home to Cardiff City on August 17.

West Ham United's Ravel Morrison celebrates scoring against Boreham Wood during a pre-season friendly on July 10, 2013
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