Football can be a cruel game and there’s no room for sentiment, but there will still be a lot of fans sad to see Ginge depart in the summer.
It’s the right thing to do though.
The centre-back, who first joined West Ham back in 2005, is now at the end of his second stint with the club, after a few years at Aston Villa.
He’s been a brilliant servant for the club but he’s not a part of the David Moyes future and it’s looking extremely unlikely that he will get a contract extension.
A report in Football.London seemingly backs this up.
“Collins will be 35-years-old come August, so David Moyes will have a decision on his hands as to whether or not he offers the defender a new deal.
“Discussions have yet to get underway and the Welshman has said he’d be devastated to leave but all the signs are pointing towards an exit.”
This came from an interview with the Standard where he said, “I would be devastated if I had to go. I did it once before when I went to Aston Villa and it ‘killed’ me.
“If it comes to the worst, though, I’d probably have to go because, at my age, I need to play football.”
Collins has suffered from injury this year and has only made 12 appearances in the Premier League – all starts, but it’s not enough for a new contract.
And after a season that’s been hit with troubles on and off the pitch, it’s essential that Moyes and the West Ham board are seen to invest the right money in the right players.
Only one team has conceded more goals than West Ham this season, and that’s a stat that must change next season.
That has to start in defence and a world-class centre-back, someone like Harry Maguire or Jamaal Lascelles is needed.
Collins should look for one last move, possibly north of the border with Rangers, and leave with all the pats on the back that his time at West Ham deserves.
He may be devastated and some fans may be devastated to see him leave but football moves on and Ginge’s time is up.
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