Favourites tag won’t weigh West Ham down

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Jack Collison's long-awaited return from injury did not quite go according to plan last season, with the young midfielder unable to prevent West Ham from dropping out of the Barclays Premier League.

The Wales international had been sidelined for 14 months prior to being thrown back into the first team for the final three games of the campaign, but the Hammers could not claw themselves back from the brink.

Collison had displayed immense promise prior to his serious knee issues and now feels he owes it to the Upton Park faithful prove his worth once more - and will start by penning a new contract with the club.

“It’s all getting sorted at the moment, I feel like I owe a lot of people at Upton Park, especially the fans," the 22-year-old told talkSPORT.

"They’ve been very patient with me so I’m looking forward to trying to have a good season here and then hopefully things will be sorted in the next week or two.”

Collison is likely to feature heavily in Sam Allardyce's plans for the imminent npower Championship season, in which the Irons are the favourites to secure an instant return to the top-flight.


On paper, a midfield with the likes of Collison, Scott Parker, Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble is far superior than anything else in the division, although the east London club aren't counting their chickens just yet.

“It’s going to be a big challenge but we’ve got the squad to do it," added Collison.

"There’s a lot of expectation and it’s going to be a different type of pressure for us this year but everyone is looking forward to it, it’s important we get off to a good start. We just want to get automatic promotion.

“There’s a really good spirit in the camp at the moment, the manager has come in with his own ideas and new staff so it’s freshened up the place up a bit and the boys are relishing the chance to be favourites and have a go and get automatic promotion again."

Jack Collison
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