Relegation might prove to be blessing in disguise

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The West Ham No.10 shirt is one held in incredibly high esteem by those at the Boleyn Ground, with the likes of Geoff Hurst, Trevor Brooking and Paolo Di Canio having made it so treasured.

So, when Jack Collison was awarded the famous jersey last summer, it was quite an accolade for the young midfielder, who is regarded very highly indeed around Upton Park.

However, after a serious knee injury, the 22-year-old missed almost the entirety of last season - making just three appearances at the end of the campaign - as the east London club were condemned to relegation.

Unsurprisingly, a number of top flight clubs are reported to be monitoring the Wales international, while Collison will meet new Hammers boss Sam Allardyce to discuss his future with the club.

West Ham will be desperate to retain the services of Collison as they look to secure promotion back to the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking and, should he remain with the Irons, he is likely to be an important part of Allardyce's plans.


One person who believes Collison will benefit from a season in the Npower Championship is former Hammers favourite Don Hutchison, who is a big fan of the midfield maestro.

"I think Jack is a fantastic young player," Hutchison told West Ham TV. "He had a bad injury last season and I know he went through a bit of a bad time with his injury.

"It's good to see him back and it might be good for him. A season in the Championship might help progress and help him to learn about the game.

“Everyone thinks they know the game as a young boy, but it's not until you're 25 or 26 that you learn the game. Maybe a season in the Championship will be good for him."

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