Next Game

West Ham v Sydney FC

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 03:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Wellington Phoenix FC 2 - 1 West Ham

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 08:30

Friendly Match

Joy for Jack over Carroll

West Ham's Jack Collison has "a new lease of life" after going out on loan - and is now relishing Andy Carroll's return.

Last Updated: 21/12/13 at 12:25 Post Comment

Jack Collison: Celebrates with Carroll at Stoke in March

Jack Collison: Celebrates with Carroll at Stoke in March

The Wales international midfielder made his 100th league appearance for the Hammers last weekend, and played 90 minutes in midweek as Sam Allardyce's won 2-1 at Tottenham to reach the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

In October, Collison was sent out on loan to Championship side Bournemouth for a month by Allardyce, in a bid to get a run of games under his belt. The 25-year-old, who has suffered serious knee problems in the past, made four 90-minutes appearances for the Cherries and returned back raring to go again.

"I jumped at the chance and it was great to get some games," Collison told The Sun.

"I have come back a lot fitter and sharper and ready to get back into the team here.

"I felt I'd hit a bit of a brick wall at West Ham. I wasn't really anywhere near the team. I just don't want to sit here and pick up my dough.

"To play four games back to back is something I had not done for a long time.

"It did me the world of good. It has given me a new lease of life. I have come back determined to win back a place in the team."

Also looking to return to the Hammers side soon is £19million striker Carroll, who is back in light training after fracturing his foot.

Collison hopes the England international can be involved in the two-legged cup semi-final against Manchester City.

"Andy looks as though he is not too far away and his return will be a massive boost for everyone," added Collison.

"He's taken a bit of stick for growing a beard but fair play to him for getting himself back after what he has been through.

"The semi-finals of the Capital One Cup would be nice games for him to come back into.

"I've experienced what it's like to have a tough, long-term injury and what it takes to get back.

"Andy has worked morning, noon and night to get back training again. We don't want to put pressure on him but he's a fantastic talent and he will make a massive difference to our team."

Collison says all the Hammers squad have rallied around Carroll as he has gradually battled back from injury.

"We are a very close group of lads and we've all been there to help pick Andy up when he has needed it in his dark days," said Collison.

"He knows I've been through it so we've had a few chats. I think he just knows he is going to come back and start scoring goals again.

"You only have to watch him back out there on the pitch in training, you can see the hunger and desire in his eyes.

"He's been a massive miss for us and looks determined to make up for lost time."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

International news: Costa Rica head coach Jorge Luis Pinto quits position

Costa Rica’s popular head coach Jorge Luis Pinto has quit despite their run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rues 'impossible' pre-season schedule

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised his side’s hectic pre-season schedule as bordering on the impossible.

Transfer News: Hibernian capture young midfielder Scott Allan from West Brom

Hibernian have signed former Scotland Under-21 international Scott Allan from West Brom.

Mail Box

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

Definitely Not Getting Giddy Over A Friendly Win

We have some conclusions from Louis van Gaal's perfect start, plus a dismissal of fantasy football, worries about La Liga's greediness and thoughts on Real with Ham-ez...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property