Alan Shearer has tweeted after James Collins is released by West Ham via email

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James Collins appears to have played his last game in a West Ham shirt.

The 34-year-old Welsh defender has spent more than a decade playing for the Hammers across two separate spells.

Collins was in tears on the final day of the season as he waved farewell to the West Ham fans following a 3-1 win over Everton.

"Not officially the end," wrote Collins on Instagram on Monday.

"I’m still a West Ham player and feel I have a lot to offer the club on and off the pitch next season and beyond, will know more in the next few weeks.

"Thank you to all the fans for the amazing reception I got yesterday, I’m a very lucky man to have you all support me how you do... Can’t thank you all enough."

His contract expires this summer and West Ham have reportedly decided not to renew it.

Collins released by e-mail

According to various reports, the veteran Welshman was this week told that his contract would not be extended via e-mail.

Radio and TV presenter Georgie Bingham confirmed the reports on Twitter - and so did @ExWHUemployee.

It's incredible that West Ham would treat a club servant with such little respect.

Shearer reacts on Twitter

They were labelled a "disgrace" by Ian Abrahams and BBC pundit Alan Shearer weighed in with his thoughts on West Ham's actions.

It's the sad truth, unfortunately. There is very little loyalty left in the game.

Collins, who racked up over 200 appearances for the Hammers, deserves far better treatment from West Ham and will be absolutely gutted to have been released in this manner.

On Sunday, the home supporters were chanting for Collins to be awarded a new deal.

It's yet another PR disaster for the club's unpopular co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan.

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Shearer had recently responded to suggestions that Rafa Benitez could swap Newcastle United for West Ham.

"I would be amazed if he were to leave Newcastle and go to West Ham," the BBC pundit told Coral.

"It would be like going out the frying pan and into the fire with regards to owners."

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