Julian Dicks becomes the latest former West Ham star to return to the club, in a cut price deal. Dicks lashed out at Liverpool boss Roy Evans; the full-back, who ended 13 months of Anfield hell by rejoining West Ham, claimed Evans virtually ignored him and used his weight as an excuse to banish him for training with Liverpool youngsters.
"The weight thing was just an excuse. He barely talked to me in the time I was there," fumed Dicks. "He just didn't want me. I have nothing to prove to Liverpool or anybody. I still believe in my ability, I just didn't get a chance to prove it at Liverpool. I was trained with the kids and playing with the reserves. Evans bombed me out all together."
The 26-year-old, who played 150 games for West Ham before his ill-fated 1 million pound Anfield move, returned to Upton Park for a 500,000 pound down payment to be topped up by appearance money over the next two seasons. Hammers have not revealed the exact nature of the financial settlement, but one source has suggested that Liverpool will receive a 100,000 pound down payment and be paid another 50,000 for every 25 games he plays.
Dicks made only 28 first team appearances for Liverpool and accepted a pay cut to rejoin West Ham. "I had some very good years here and I expect to have more now I'm back," he said. "Knowing so many of the players and staff from before made it even easier to sign."