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Hurst Confirms Collins Interest
Sunday, 2nd Sep 2018 15:17

Town boss Paul Hurst has confirmed that he has spoken to former West Ham defender James Collins and the club will hold talks with the Welshman again in the week ahead. TWTD revealed that Collins was among the centre-halves under consideration ahead of Friday’s loan deadline.

“We spoke to him last week, we’re due to have another conversation, so I wouldn’t particularly rule anything out,” Hurst said.

“He’s certainly not just coming into sign paperwork. But it is something we will look at.”

Clubs are still able to sign free agents such as 35-year-old Collins, who has also been linked with a return to the Hammers, outside the transfer window.

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TimmyH added 15:20 - Sep 2
Here comes another loanee...we'll be full of them, but 2 out of 3 did okay for us today, still makes me wonder if Hurst is changing tack getting more experience in now to cover his lower league players.

TheTrueBlue1878 added 15:21 - Sep 2
He wouldn't be loanee, he'd be a permanent signing, presumably a 1-year-deal.

positivity added 15:21 - Sep 2
he won't be a loanee, out of contract

alztar added 15:21 - Sep 2

He's a free agent pal

blue75 added 15:23 - Sep 2
West Ham fans want him back kept their defense organised last season might be what we need at the back.

Currie10 added 15:28 - Sep 2
Crikey how big a squad does he want?

Left out Sears + Donacien today.

Bishop / Dozzell / Nsiela / Huws to factor in.

floridaboy added 15:32 - Sep 2
Wish people would actually read the story before making a daft comment.

Would like him here. Another very experienced player. Would it spell the end of Chambers?

OwainG1992 added 15:37 - Sep 2
Come on people don't read it and use your automatic negativity especially when he wouldn't be a loanee!

dukey44 added 15:46 - Sep 2
We have money left over so he would be a great signing for us organise the back 4!!

jas0999 added 16:14 - Sep 2
We need some experience and another CB. Could be a good signing.

Churchman75 added 16:18 - Sep 2
Get it done and quick
2 year deal please

BlueandTruesince82 added 16:28 - Sep 2
Would love this to happen, cool head that reads the game well, good at defending set pieces!!!!

Sign it up but convinced bigger fish will call for him

oldegold added 16:29 - Sep 2
Crikey..all the young players are going out on loan and we're stocking up with loanees or players well past their best...why doesn't Hurst coax Billy Baxter out of retirement ? So much for the emphasis on blooding our youngster, instead he is taking a leaf out of Paul Jewell 's book on loanees and out of sorts.
Bottom of the league and out of the cup says it all and no Derby win...

lightingblue added 16:39 - Sep 2
I for one think this would be a good signing at the right time. With his experience and knowledge he would help guide the young players and the guys stepping up from the lower leagues. Both Walters and Collins together can bring and give great knowledge. These guys albeit a bit older have not played in the premier league because they are bad players. They know what it takes

TimmyH added 16:43 - Sep 2
Loanee or 1 year contract he's still a 35 year old whose seen better days, might do a job for a while but as stated Hurst seems to have changed tack if he's signing him.

TimmyH added 16:48 - Sep 2
OwainG1992 and others - apologies yes only briefly read it the column before making assumptions, but about the automatic negativity thing there is a difference between being negative and being realistic, we're 23rd in the league and win less.

ElephantintheRoom added 17:12 - Sep 2
So sad to see alleged Town supporters getting excited about this backward step

Churchmans78 added 17:21 - Sep 2
Sounds good to me.

BcarefulwhatUWish4 added 17:38 - Sep 2
Timmy H: Spot on. Except the loanee thing.

Amazing how everyone has stopped talking about promotion or a top half finish, which was the aim this season??

Dissboyitfc added 18:24 - Sep 2
The aim this season was not a top half finish, its a season of transition! I quite enjoyed it, we know we are not a team with loads of quality but we have a team that goes for the win, a big improvement on preserving the point from the start!

Under hurst there will be no favourites, no nailed on starters regardless of form!

One thing I didn’t agree with or get was why Hurst felt Graham was worthy of a start or why he stayed on the pitch for so long, that has to be as bad a debut as I have ever seen, simply awful!

agentp added 19:04 - Sep 2
Sorry, I need a moan. Why are all our signings either short, middle or long term permanents or loans. Why are they all in their 20's or 30's . SIGH.

TimmyH added 19:10 - Sep 2
agree...Graham starting was baffling.

albitfc added 19:28 - Sep 2
Collins would be an excellent signing experienced centre half that West Ham fans would be happy to resign

carsey added 19:37 - Sep 2
Why won't he use our own young players? Why is he insisting on bringing in loans and free agents? This is not what I expected and he certainly didn't say he was going to do that. I'll be interested to see if Dozzell Downes and Huws actually get on the pitch together at all. They are the future of the club. Today was bang average with the exception of Walters.

blockb_steward added 19:48 - Sep 2
Totally works for me, would be a great signing at Championship level, just like Walters. No brainer.

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