Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) September 26, 2014
Jack Collison burst onto the scene at West Ham United in the 2008-09 season and the fans at Upton Park were immediately impressed with his honest and energetic performances in the heart of midfield.
But unfortunately for Collison injury problems have always been an issue. The Welsh international first issues began with a dislocated kneecap in in March 2008. In 2010, after continued problems with his knee, he went under the knife and spent nine months on the sidelines rehabilitating the cartilage damage he had been suffering with for over two years.
However he never managed to get back into the first-team at West Ham and after two loan spells, first at Bournemouth and then at Wigan Athletic, he was released this summer in order to find a new club and regular first-team football.
And now he has done just that. Collison has signed a short-term deal with Championship side Ipswich Town - which will expire just after Christmas.
Speaking to the club's official website Collison stated:
"There is a good squad here and a lot of competition for places so I know it will be no easy task to get in the side. It’s down to me to get my head down and work hard and impress the manager enough for him to give me a chance in the team. Then I’ve got to take that chance."
Collison remains a couple of weeks away from match fitness, but if he can get back to something near his best the Tractor Boys will have bagged themselves a real bargain.