Filed: Thursday, 6th September 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel
James Collins has rejected the opportunity to return to former club Cardiff on loan, according to reports.
The South Wales Echo claims that Collins was offered the chance to return to the club from whom he joined the Hammers in the recent transfer window, but rejected the opportunity in order to concentrate on his United career.
"I need to be in London pushing for a place back in the side and still training with the first team," he said.
"Not a couple of hundred miles away out of the thick of it."
Collins has been plagued with injuries since moving to West Ham two years ago last month. But for those, it is not inconceivable that he would be commanding a first team berth on a regular basis.
As it is, Collins - along with fellow Welshman Danny Gabbidon - have to convince Alan Curbishley that they are good enough to displace either Anton Ferdinand or Matthew Upson, whose own fledgling partnership is beginning to look promising.
Both Collins and Gabbidon are set to face Germany at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow. Tickets, should you wish to pop along, are plentiful given that the Welsh FA has sold less than 25,000 just 24 hours ahead of kick-off.
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02:09PM 10th Sep 2007
''Am I alone in thinking that Ginge was almost as influential as Carlos Tevez, Mark Noble, Lucas Neil and Robert Green in keeping us up last season ?
I thought Collins was collossal for the last 10 games; not only for his performances but for his attitude. He looked as though he genuinely cared and wasn't there just to pick up a wage packet.
In my opinion he's better than Ferdinand and Upson and I would be absolutely gutted if the club does let him go on loan or otherwise ...''
08:00PM 8th Sep 2007
''This is great news for us because we have a good set of defenders fighting for places. Collins is definately a player for the future ...''
05:52PM 7th Sep 2007
''Good on Collins - I feel he should be in the first 11 anyway but its nice to hear of someone happy fighting for his place rather than getting the hump and moving on ...''
by MC HAMMER
09:22AM 7th Sep 2007
''Good, I'm glad he's staying. One of our best players last season, underrated in my opinion and I'd have him starting instead of Anton any day ...''
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