Collins will be a key experienced figure in an otherwise youthful West Ham defence under Slaven Bilic and Noble has nothing but praise for the way the Welshman has served the club during his time at Upton Park.
“I knew Ginge when he came here from Cardiff. He had a terrible big ginger barnet and wore horrendous clothes! But London changed him in a year. He had all the new gear on and a new haircut!” he told whufc.com.
“I can't speak highly enough of him. We get on so well and everyone knows he gives everything in training and in games. He has been a great servant to the club.”
Does Collins have a place in West Ham’s back four?
He certainly does because of the advantage his experience provides to the Hammers backline.
He’s a reliable figure for Bilic to turn to and someone who the manager can use next to a variety of different centre back partners.
He’s well suited to providing guidance for younger players like Reece Burke or James Tomkins and provides something a little different in terms of aggression compared to someone like Winston Reid.
The reality Collins will have to accept
West Ham have already played their first competitive game of the new season and the matches are going to come thick and fast over the next few months.
As much as Collins may want to, it’s unrealistic for him to expect to play in every game, which means there are times when he’ll have to accept that he’s second fiddle to other players.
However, he can still have a big say as the club looks to progress and develop.