Henderson stays at West Ham

  • Last Updated: July 10 2012, 22:05 BST

West Ham have completed the permanent signing of Portsmouth goalkeeper Stephen Henderson for an undisclosed fee.

Stephen Henderson: Ended the season on loan at West Ham

The 24-year-old moved to east London in March on an emergency loan to act as understudy for Robert Green.

He has yet to make a senior appearance for the Hammers but was on the bench at Wembley as they secured an immediate return to the Premier League with victory over Blackpool in the play-off final.

The club's first job since securing Premier League status was to seal a permanent three-year deal for the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international

"I'm chuffed to bits to get it wrapped up," Henderson told the club's official website.

"I'm a very happy man today. It's been absolutely brilliant since I joined and it obviously topped it off on Saturday with us getting to the Premier League.

"The lads have been brilliant with me and have made me feel welcome so I'm very happy."