West Ham's Jack Collison is looking "onwards and upwards" after making his first appearance since the Championship play-off final.

The 24-year-old has had to watch the Hammers' fine start to life back in the top flight from the sidelines due to a long-standing knee problem. Collison, who last featured for first team as they overcame Blackpool at Wembley back in May, stepped up his recovery from injury with the West Ham development squad at Norwich on Tuesday.

The Wales international came through 45 minutes of the 3-1 Barclays Under-21 Premier League defeat and could not hide his delight at returning. "It was great to be back out there again," Collison told the club's official website, www.whufc.com.

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