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Jack Collison leaves West Ham


Filed: Friday, 23rd May 2014
By: Staff Writer


Jack Collison is one of the higher-profile names not to be offered a new contract by West Ham this summer.

Midfielder Collison, whose career at the club has been blighted by injury in recent years will leave West Ham next month after nine years at the club having failed to be offered a new deal.

The 25-year-old, who first came to West Ham in 2005 as a result of Cambridge United's youth Academy closing made his debut for West Ham on New Year's Day 2008 in a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

He went on to make 121 appearances for West Ham and played a major part in the club's promotion from the Championship in 2011/12 by scoring both goals in the 2-0 win at Cardiff in the first leg of the play-off semi final.

Also departing at the end of their current contracts are Joe Cole and George McCartney, both of whom returned to West Ham for a second spell with the club.

Cole started his career with West Ham before joining Chelsea in a cut-price 6million deal as part of the club's 'fire sale' following relegation in 2003. He returned to the club in 2013 on a free transfer.

Northern-Irish international McCartney joined the club in 2006 when moving from Sunderland in exchange for full back Clive Clarke and 600,000.

Two years later he was sold back to the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee widely thought to be worth around 8million. After spending a year back at West Ham on loan during the 2011/12 Championship season, McCartney returned to West Ham on a permanent basis.

There is however better news for Danny Potts, who has landed an extended deal whilst veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and 32-year-old midfielder Matt Taylor are reported to be negotiating new contracts.

See below for details of all players retained and released below.


Retained

First Team Squad: Dan Potts (Jussi Jaaskelainen and Matt Taylor tbc).

First Year Pros: Kieran Bywater; Josh Cullen; Jamie Harney; Moses Makasi; Nathan Mavila; Amos Nasha; Lewis Page.

Third-Year Scholarships: Ben Marlow; Taylor Tombides.

Released

First Team Squad: Joe Cole; Jack Collison; George McCartney.

Other Pros: Callum Driver; Jordan Spence.

Scholarships: Dymon Labonne; Rob Girdlestone; Thomas Gogo; Gines Guzman Rosique; Courtney Homans; Taylor Miles; Frazer Shaw.





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