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Best of luck: West Ham favourite signs deal with Championship outfit

Former West Ham defender James Collins has signed for Championship club Ipswich Town, as reported by Sky Sports. 

The 35-year-old joins the Tractor Boys as a free-agent after having been released by the Hammers at the end of last season.

There is no doubt that Paul Lambert’s side will be counting on the experience of the former West Ham stalwart to help improve their performances during the second half of the season.

Town are currently in last place on the second-tier standings and are seven points adrift of safety.

Collins had previously been training with Aston Villa and many expected him to join Dean Smith’s side. However, the veteran was forced to cut short a short team deal with the Villans last month due to a shoulder injury.

Many West Ham fans will have good memories of Collins. Though many feel that his departure should have been handled better by the club, the defender made 214 appearances for the Londoners across two spells.

The 51-times capped former Wales international first joined West Ham in 2005 from boyhood club Cardiff City and left in 2009 to link up with Villa.

He made a return to West Ham in 2012 after they were promoted to the Premier League.

Collins will not be the same defender that he was during his heyday in the top-flight but he should have what it takes to provide value for money to Lambert’s struggling side.

Good luck Ginge!

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