Can't play, no pay

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 20th December 2018

Former Hammer James Collins has refused to be paid by his new club after sustaining an injury during training.

Collins, 35, who parted company with West Ham in the summer following his second spell at the club had been on trial with Championship side Aston Villa before being awarded a short term contract.

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But according to the Daily Mirror, just one hour after agreeing a ?10,000 per week deal the former Welsh international pulled up with a calf injury during training - ruling him out of action for several weeks.

And as a result, Collins - whose sole appearance since returning to Villa was in a friendly - is reported to have physically ripped up the short-term contract that would've seen him through until the end of January, potentially saving Villa around ?70,000.

Smith, speaking during a press conference earlier today confirmed that Collins had indeed refused to be paid during his spell on the sidelines, adding: "James has picked up a calf injury and hasn't trained. He has a tight calf so there's nothing moving with that."

Collins' situations mirrors that of full back Mauricio Taricco, who asked West Ham to tear up his season-long contract after being seriously injured less than half-an-hour into his West Ham debut during a Championship fixture against Millwall in 2003/04.

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