At just 26 years of age Jack Collison is already making the unlikely move into management as he prepares to take over Peterborough Under-21’s.
The former West Ham midfielder only signed for the Cambridgeshire side this summer but has struggled with injuries ever since his time at The Hammers.
He had previously been with Ipswich Town in the Championship, however left earlier this year without making a single appearance.
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He is now set to combine playing in League One with managing the youth side in a role that appears designed with the future in mind while maximising any playing time he can get.
He is currently taking his coaching badges and will hope that by starting early he can have a more fruitful career in coaching than he has had playing.
Collison had once been an exciting prospect, making 104 appearances for West Ham, but has since suffered numerous long term injuries and has not played competitively for over a year.
He was also given the opportunity to take a first team Posh game earlier in the week in which they were defeated 4-2 by Bishop's Stortford.
It remains unclear what style of football he will play, but Collison has been coached by some of England’s more successful managers and will have a wealth of footballing knowledge to choose from.
Whole sale changes had been expected at London Road with seven previously key first players transfer listed and the appointment of Jack Collison is just further news of this revamp.
The Posh begin their season at Rochdale this Saturday where they hope to kick start their promotion campaign, they last played in the Championship in 2013.