Ashton commits to West Ham

West Ham United striker Dean Ashton has penned a five-year contract with the English Premiership club which means he will be on the Hammers' books through 2013.

The 24-year-old Ashton, who made his England debut in the 3-0 victory against Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain on Sunday, signed the contract earlier on Wednesday night.

Ashton told the club's official website: "I am delighted. I said all along that I wanted to sign. I feel I have still got a lot to show the football club and the fans. I am really happy that I have signed and now I can look forward to next season."

He added: "It is a fantastic way to end the season for me. It is not going to be on my mind now and with a five-year contract, the future is here.

"I said I wanted to stay at the end of the season and I am really glad it has been done so professionally and sorted now."

Ashton, who had two years left on his existing deal, missed much of last season through injury and was keen to feature more prominently.

"I didn't play as many games as I wish I could and obviously I missed the season before," he said. "I am really excited about next season. I feel I can only get better so I am really glad that I have signed and can look forward to the future."