Collison left the Hammers and joined Championship side Ipswich Town last summer and his comments suggest he feels he made the wrong decision.
“Obviously I wish I was still there. I had a wonderful time at West Ham and it was an important part of my life,” he said.
“I have to move on and plan for the future. Hopefully at the start of the new season I can get fixed up.”
West Ham have certainly moved on, but they deserve a pat on the back allowing Collison to train at their Chadwell Heath base as he fights his way back to full fitness.
His deal with Ipswich was only short term, which means he’s got to try and give himself a chance of being picked up by a side looking ahead to next season.
The comments are also encouraging because they show the strength of the bond between players developed through the academy system and the identity of the club.
Unfortunately for Collison, he’s not in a position where he could try and pick up a deal from the Hammers.
The recent contract, which was awarded to Mark Noble decreases the need for the team to go out and get a central midfielder for the new campaign.
Even if that was a priority for the Hammers, Collison would not be the right answer.