Injury-hit West Ham star has chance to revive career

West Ham Upton Park

Jack Collison has sealed a loan move to Wigan for the remainder of the season and will be eager to impress Hammers manager Sam Allardyce.

Jack Collison has completed a loan move from West Ham United to Wigan Athletic for the rest of the season as the midfielder looks to reignite a stalling career.

Collison has been plagued by injury problems ever since he broke into the Hammers' first-team setup back in 2007 but has still managed to amass over 100 appearances in his seven years at Upton Park. 

The 25-year-old becomes the latest in a string of loan deals for the Latics, who have already snapped up the likes of Ryan Tunnicliffe, Martyn Waghorn, Nicky Maynard, Josh McEachran and Markus Holgersson and Collison will be able to make his debut in this weekend's trip to his home town of Watford.

In a further boost to Uwe Rösler, Collison will be available for the club's FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal and also the final, should they reach it having made no appearances for his parent club in the competition this season. 

Injury problems have mounted in recent weeks for Wigan, with Ben Watson (broken leg), Chris McCann (fractured knee cap) and Roger Espinoza (hernia) all sidelined and Collison will bring top-flight experience as well as bolstering numbers.

It offers the midfielder a platform to breathe new life into a career which promised so much and has delivered relatively little to this point.

Collison also took in a month-long loan spell at Bournemouth earlier this season and arrives at the DW Stadium with international pedigree having garnered 17 caps for Wales.

The announcement of his signing came after Wigan encountered a setback in their bid to secure a play-off spot as they were held to a remarkable 3-3 draw by Yeovil, with five of the six goals coming in a dizzying final 10 minutes.

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