Former West Ham United and Aston Villa defender James Collins has been training with Championship side Ipswich Town over the past couple of weeks.

When asked about the possibility of offering him a contract, Ipswich boss Paul Hurst said, “we will have to wait and see” as reported by their official Twitter account.

Hurst also added that Collins has a “niggle on his hamstring” so will “see how that one develops”. The Tractor Boys have been in the hunt for a new defender to help tighten up their backline.

Collins, who is 35 years-old, left Premier League side West Ham United at the end of last season following six years with the London side, where he had played 149 games all together. He played 15 games for them in all competitions and was a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium, hence why their fans were disappointed to see him not offered a new contract in May.

He is a Wales international with 51 caps to his name and has also previously played for Cardiff City and Aston Villa. He has played over 400 games in his career and his experience could be vital for Ipswich Town’s young squad. Collins has also been linked with a return to his former club Villa but it appears that the Tractor Boys have an edge in the race for him ahead of their fellow Championship side.

With Collins having a slight injury worry regarding his hamstring, Ipswich fans will have to wait for their next possible new signing.


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