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Deja vu as Collins fears worst

Filed: Tuesday, 22nd August 2017
By: Staff Writer

James Collins fears he may be made surplus to requirements by West Ham - for the second time in two years.

The popular centre half, known by fans and friends alike as 'Ginge' was on the verge of leaving the club two years ago but was eventually awarded a new two-year contract, extending his stay at West Ham until the summer of 2018.

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At 33, the Welsh international is the same age as Jose Fonte, who has leapt ahead of Collins in Slaven Bilic's pecking order - with disastrous consequences, as witnessed at Southampton last weekend.

And that has left the Newport-born defender - who was omitted from the 18-man squad that lost 3-2 at St Mary's - fearing the worst, as he enters what may be his final campaign at a club with whom he has become synonymous since returning from Aston Villa for a second spell in 2012.

Ideally, Collins would like to extend his contract at West Ham further and remain at the club for another season, at least - although he has also expressed a desire to end his career at West Ham.

However the defender - who is yet to feature for the first team this season - is concerned is that he may be moved on before the current window closes on Thursday, 31 August, against his wishes.

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James Collins: West Ham stats

First spell (2005-2009): Pld 65, Gls 2
Second spell (2012-?): Pld 110, Gls 5

Total: Pld 175, Gls 7

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