Jack Collison comments on 'exciting times' under new West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

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Ex-West Ham youngster Jack Collison believes his former club are heading in the right direction.

Former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison has told the club's official website that there are 'exciting times' ahead at Upton Park.

Collison, 26, spent nine years with the Hammers, coming up through the ranks with the club having arrived from Cambridge United in 2005. After signing as a teenager, Collison eventually made his way into the first team, making his debut in January 2008 - aged just 19.

Now back with his first ever club Peterborough having left West Ham a year ago, Collison faced the Hammers in a pre-season friendly on Saturday - and has great words of praise for the club.

Speaking to the West Ham official website after the 3-3 draw between Peterborough and the Hammers, Collison says that there are 'exciting times' ahead at West Ham, with the club set to leave Upton Park in a year's time in order to move to the Olympic Stadium, displaying the club's ambition for the coming years.

"It’s exciting times for West Ham, and it’s going to be one hell of a season, the last at the Boleyn," said Collison. "That will be emotional, and there’s a new manager in, a couple of new signings and it looks like there’s more on the way," he added.

Best moves in the Premier League?

The summer transfer window is just starting to hot up, but Collison's comments show just how impressive West Ham's business so far has been.

Not only have they appointed new manager Slaven Bilic, but they have also made a number of coups in terms of signings, bringing in Darren Randolph, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang and Dimitri Payet.

Those signings make West Ham a much better side than the one which finished last season, and you can certainly argue that their moves - both in terms of management and playing staff - are the best in the Premier League so far this summer, with fans dreaming of a top eight finish next season.

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