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Collins Deal on Hold for a Fortnight Due to Injury
Thursday, 13th Sep 2018 15:49

Town’s move for former West Ham central defender James Collins is on hold for up to a fortnight with the Welshman having suffered a hamstring injury. TWTD revealed that the 35-year-old has joined the Blues for training last week, impressing Town manager Paul Hurst.

“He’s felt his hamstring. He had a scan the other day out of his own pocket, I hasten to add,” Hurst said when asked about the situation with Collins.

“He’s having treatment nearer to his home at the minute but it’s a deal that in my eyes at least - and the last time that we had contact with him - was still a possibility.

"I spoke with him and he understands that I can’t justify to anyone that we can sign a player that’s not fit.

“I think he’s enjoyed it when he has been in. Whether anything does happen, I guess time will tell. But at this stage he’s not an Ipswich Town player.”

Hurst says Collins appeared to be keen on joining the Blues, despite claims that his former club Aston Villa are also interested.

“He seemed to be,” he said. “It’s difficult, there are other rumours flying around. I can only say when I’ve spoken to him and how he’s found it.

“I think naturally he’s another one like Jon Walters that would gain instant respect and would bring quality, providing he’s fit and at the minute we haven’t been able to say that he is.

“And he admits that himself. He’s not trying to fool us. So, like I say, we’ll see how the situation develops over the next week, two weeks whatever it may be.”

Hurst says the injury isn’t going to cloud the issue for longer than that period.

“The information we’ve received from him speaking with [physio] Chris [Skitt] and the scan that he had was 10 to 14 days,” he continued.

“But he’ll know himself, he’s old enough, has played enough games etc, whether it needs quite as long or not. We’ll see.

“At the minute he’s getting treatment himself, but the offer’s here for him to come in and when it gets to that point that he thinks he can, if he’s still of the mind that he wants to try and get a deal here then that door’s open.

“I’ve said that he’s more than welcome now because I think from him coming in he liked what he saw, I think.

“I liked the way that he came across, the way that he was and I’d have no issue with him being around the group even if he hasn’t put pen to paper as yet.”

If Collins doesn’t join the Blues, Hurst says he’ll be in no hurry to look for another player to come in as Town’s fourth centre-back.

“Not particularly,” he said. “If there was another name that I felt was a possibility but I think you have to be careful the longer things go on.

“You’ve got to really get them in and have a look - have they been training? Where have they been training? What intensity have they been training at?

“Because we talk about how important pre-season is and even if lads are training, if they’ve missed pre-season, they’re not going to be anywhere near the levels you’d expect.

“And then to come into this group and the way that we want to work and train, could be quite difficult for someone.

“So there would be a lot of things to consider and again what we’re not doing is spending every minute of every day looking and thinking, ‘Who can we find that’s a free agent?’ just so we can go, ‘We’ve got a fourth centre-back’.

“I’m going to have problems, good problems, in terms of if Matthew Pennington plays like he did in that first game. I was happy with Toto [Nsiala], I don’t feel he should have been sent off and I stand by that.

“And then I have my captain [Luke Chambers] who is done particularly well in the last couple of games.

“It’s going to be a tough enough decision as it is and I’m not going to add to that unless I really think it’s someone that can benefit the squad overall.”

Regarding another former West Ham man, Freddie Sears, who was left out of the 18 for the Norwich match, Hurst says the striker has made no suggestion to him that he might favour a move.

“No, I’d be very surprised if Freddie wants to move, certainly to the Conference, which is the option that’s left,” Hurst pointed out.

“Freddie’s a great lad, I think he’s popular in the dressing room. He’s lively but I’ve got decisions to make.

“The squad’s not just 11 players, it’s not just 18 players and I think the coming week with the three games we’ll probably see that.

“He’ll just have to be patient and keep working to try and impress and get his chance.”

Meanwhile, U23s winger Conor McKendry has joined Lowestoft Town on loan.

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Kesblue66 added 16:31 - Sep 13
We dont need another sick note.

leftie1972 added 17:19 - Sep 13
Any other free agent CB's out there?
John Terry
Anyone else?

leftie1972 added 17:52 - Sep 13
Robert HUTH?

hadleighboyblue added 18:30 - Sep 13
I just can't see who would make way for Collins , bringing these players in is not necessarily going to improve morale in the squad
Nsiala and Pennington have both looked good , Chambers is unlikely to be dropped and Wolfie looked good when he was here . Of course Collins will bring experience , but I'd like to see some faith shown in those already here and review things later

LegendofthePhoenix added 19:59 - Sep 13
2 weeks ago when we signed Pennington on the cusp of the deadline, hardly anyone on here had a good word to say about him, and everyone was raving about how we should get Collins in. I think I was the first one to say welcome to ITFC Matt and show some positivity towards the lad. One match played, and how things have changed amongst the fickle TWTD board posters. Hurst knows what he is doing, and a huge number of posters on here haven't got a clue.

SheptonMalletBlue added 23:51 - Sep 13
You like to big yourself up don't you legend!!!!!

LegendofthePhoenix added 06:44 - Sep 14
Just saying

mathiemagic added 08:47 - Sep 14
Hamstring issues at 34, no thanks.

Dog added 01:50 - Sep 15
Legend - i was one of those people who knew naff all about Pennington and will toff my cap to you because he and chambers both had good games and had a sort of understanding.

I do disagree with you on hurst because at no point has he shown to me he knows what he is doing.

The transfer business in the summer was a fiasco by bringing in all lower league players. Don't get me started on Tilt and Donacien.

No youth players given a chance.

No idea on how to defend a set piece.

Paying over the odds on average players - edwards aside.

Tearing a whole team apart and signing loads of loan players.

Having more to say about absolutely nothing. It is just ridiculous how much he says without actually saying anything decent.

He just needs to shut up and get three points. This Hull team is very poor and if he cannot fashion a win then we are in big , big, trouble.


LegendofthePhoenix added 07:39 - Sep 15
Dog, I agree, actions speak far louder than words and it's time for some results. I do however think PH is a very good young manager, and he will (and has here already) made one or two mistakes, but overall I like what he is doing, he has brought some good players in and I think we have to allow him time. I am confident we will avoid relegation, as the signs are we are playing good football and have had some rough luck. As long as we finish 21st or higher this year, and see improvement as the season progresses, that would be acceptable. Of course, getting into a winning habit sooner woud be fantastic. I see a some similarities to SBR when he took over fomr Bill McGarry, (although of course the changes took longer under SBR). whilst fitness is very important,right now he needs to get them defending set pieces and also making our set pieces more penetrating. We are missing the pace of Waghorn's corners and free kicks.

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