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Collison staying focused

Filed: Thursday, 6th March 2014
By: Staff Writer

Jack Collison says he intends to continue to fight for a place in Sam Allardyce's match day squads - despite having barely featured this season.

The Welsh international's career has been dogged by a succession of injuries although the most recent barrier to regular first team football has been his manager, who has preferred aletrnative options on the whole this season.

However that hasn't deterred Collison from doing his best to win back a place in Alllardyce's 18-man match day squad.

"That's part and parcel of the game," he told whufc.com. "If you look at the quality of our squad, there are 22 outfield players and there is a lot of quality not even making the bench, let alone the starting XI. There is a lot of competition for places.

"The boys have been magnificent so there has been no reason for the manager to change it too much.

"They have got the shirts at the moment and, if they keep producing, they deserve to keep them. The likes of myself and others are disappointed and are working hard in training so when that opportunity comes, it's up to us to take it and keep hold of the shirt."

As exclusively revealed here on KUMB at the end of last month, Collison has been the subject of one or two enquiries from potentially interested parties in the Championship, with both Nottingham Forest and Leeds United taking a look at the 25-year-old.

However for Collison, who had made 15 appearances (mostly from the bench) for the Hammers this season, it's business as usual - until he gets told otherwise.

* Collison was a 76th-minute replacement for Leicester City's Andy King last night as Wales beat Iceland 3-1 in a friendly at Cardiff. Hammers team mate James Collins scored the first of the three Welsh goals on the night, a 12th-minute header.

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