Allardyce hails one-club man Hammer Mark Noble as rare breed
Sam Allardyce hailed Mark Noble as one of a dying breed of one-club men after the West Ham midfielder penned a new, long-term contract.
The 27-year-old has been at the club since the age of 13 and has now signed a deal that will keep him there until 2020 - by which time the Hammers will be fully rooted at their new home at the Olympic Stadium.
And boss Allardyce believes the former England Under-21 international has a special bond with supporters having held such a long affinity for the club.
"Mark Noble is one of their own, there's no doubt about that," he said of his vice-captain.
"He is West Ham born and bred. Somebody who commits to one club like he's done is pretty rare these days. I think it's good news for everybody.
"We've got James Tomkins as well, another West Ham boy. They've both come through the academy which is what we're all striving for these days. It's something that is becoming harder and harder to achieve. As academy boys it's great to see them still here and doing well."