Collins Also in Contact With Stoke
Sunday, 16th Sep 2018 09:54
Former West Ham central defender James Collins has revealed he has been in contact with Stoke City in addition to training with the Blues.
The 35-year-old free agent spent time with Town over the last couple of weeks and, according to manager Paul Hurst, seemed keen on joining the Blues.
However, a hamstring injury has sidelined him for a fortnight with Hurst unwilling to offer him a deal until he is fit.
“I’d go anywhere, you can only go where you’re wanted,” Collins told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I love football. I’m 35 but I’ve never been the quickest anyway and I’ve never had the pace to lose. I’ve adapted my game around that.
“I still know in myself I can play in the Premier League. I was sad to leave West Ham but I’m ready to go and looking forward to it.
“West Ham didn’t get off to the best of starts and I’m training there as they were talking about defending. In the back of my head I was probably thinking that if I do all right there might be a chance. But that wasn’t going to happen.
“There haven’t been people banging the door down but I’ve spoken to a few clubs. It was quite well known that I was training at Ipswich last week and Stoke, I’m still in contact with them. I would go anywhere. I love playing football, still do, and I’ve got plenty in the legs.”
Collins has now ruled out a return to West Ham: “It’s not going to happen. I was down there two or three weeks ago training and I probably held on to it for too long hoping it was going to happen but a line is under that now and I move on.
“I had been speaking to a few clubs, nothing really came about, and you can do all the running you like on your own but you start missing it.
“I would never say a bad word about West Ham so I picked up the phone to David Sullivan, asked if I could go in and he was more than helpful.
“I feel good. I’ve done a lot of work. I knew when I was leaving West Ham it probably wouldn’t happen straight away so I spoke to a couple of the fitness guys and got all the fitness bits done.
“Obviously the longer it goes on you worry a little bit but the last couple of weeks it’s speeded up. Going into West Ham and people knowing I’m pretty much fit and ready to go has helped. Fingers crossed this time next week or in a couple of weeks I’ll have something sorted.”
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