Former West Ham youth star opens up on 'shock' exit after recent transfer

Upton Park

Ex-West Ham United youngster Jack Collison says it was a 'shock to his system' to leave the club after joining Ipswich Town.

West Ham United backed manager Sam Allardyce in the transfer market this summer, with the under fire Hammers boss bringing in the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Diego Poyet, Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho in a bid to push the club into the top ten of the Premier League table.

Yet with so many new signings, some naturally had to leave. The likes of Stephen Henderson, Jordan Spence, George McCartney, Matthew Taylor and Mohamed Diame all left Upton Park, and another player who was allowed to leave was midfielder Jack Collison

Collison, who has 17 caps for Wales, joined the club from Cambridge United in 2005 when he was just 16, and whilst he had been let go by Cambridge as a result of them disbanding their youth team upon relegation to non-league, he did enough to prove that he could be an asset to the Hammers.

Injuries certainly stunted Collison's development, but he racked up well over 100 appearances for the club, with his best season coming in the Hammers' promotion campaign from the Championship back to the Premier League, where he scored six goals and made three assists from 35 appearances.

Yet with first team opportunities dwindling and loan spells with Bournemouth and Wigan, it was little surprise to many that West Ham let Collison leave the club at the end of his contract - yet Collison himself said it was a 'shock to his system' that he had to leave the club he had been with for nearly ten years, but is looking forward to his time with Ipswich having joined the club on a free transfer until December.

"Leaving West Ham was obviously a bit of a shock to the system because I’d been there since I was 16. But I think it was coming, to be fair. I hadn’t been in the team much, so it was expected," he said. "But these things happen in football and you have to move on. This is a new chapter in my life, a fresh challenge and one I’m really looking forward to."

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