Former Hammers winger Zavon Hines says that his return to West Ham this summer felt like it was “meant to be”.
The 30-year-old, who began his career in the east London club’s academy system before progressing through the ranks to make 31 senior appearances for the Irons, took up a position as coach of the under-14s in the summer.
Hines had initially burst onto the scene in 2007 as an 18-year-old under ex-manager Alan Curbishley, before departing the club in search of more regular first-team football. The wide-man signed for Burnley in 2011, before spending time with Bournemouth, Bradford City, Dagenham & Redbridge and Southend United in the Football League.
Upon leaving Roots Hall in 2017, Hines signed for non-league outfit Maidstone United, before moving to Chesterfield and then Bromley in the National League. Sadly, he had to prematurely call time on his playing career earlier this year under medical advice.
Hines has now taken up a new role within football, though, becoming a member of West Ham’s coaching staff. He has recently opened up about his transition into coaching, telling whufc.com: “It’s been great – challenging, but enjoyable! It’s a little bit different to playing, because in my head I still want to be out there!
“I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do after playing, but I’m just happy it’s panned out the way it did. I don’t always like to plan things too far ahead, because plans don’t always go to plan, but I’m really enjoying everything at the minute, so it feels like it was meant to be.”
Hines was dealt a cruel blow having to retire at the age of 30 through injury, but it’s great to see him given an opportunity by one of his former clubs at the place where it all began for him as a kid.
Hopefully, he can start to improve himself as a coach and pass on the experience he has gained from years of playing high-level football to the club’s stars of tomorrow, before perhaps moving into a coaching or managerial position with a men’s senior team in the not-so-distant future.
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