The Welsh central defender has told the London Evening Standard that he wants to sign a new West Ham contract, but knows that he has to work for it.
Collins, 31, is out of contract next summer, and could potentially miss the Hammers moving into the Olympic Stadium for the first-time. A key figure in Sam Allardyce’s defence, the Welsh international has made 22 appearances this season in a rotating centre-back pairing with James Tomkins and Winston Reid.
Originally signing for the Hammers in 2009, Collins left the Boleyn Ground in 2009 to join Aston Villa, before returning to East London three years later at the behest of Allardyce. He has consistently been one of the most underrated defenders in the Premier League since first signing to the Irons.
However, the loss of top-flight rivals has been the Hammers’ gain, and it has been a surprise to see the West Ham management not offer Collins a new contract extension yet.
With his deal running out at the end of next season, clubs may start to sniff around his availability this summer, and Collins himself has admitted that, although he would love to sign a new deal, he has to perform to the best of his abilities if he is to earn a Boleyn Ground stay.