James Collins has been in exceptional form in the last few weeks.
When asked if his recent form was the reason for his new deal, Collins said: “Yeah, possibly. There was no two ways about it, I was fourth choice centre-half at the start of the season, the gaffer told me that. I just thought the least I could do was get my head down and work hard in training and if the opportunity came along I would try and do well.”
Collins started the season out of the first-team picture, with Winston Reid, James Tomkins and summer signing Angelo Ogbonna all ahead of him in Slaven Bilic’s plans.
However, an injury crisis saw Welsh international Collins thrown back into the starting XI, and a series of top class performances have seen the 32-year-old become a recent favourite of Slaven Bilic.
His performances were so good that the club could not risk losing him in January, and a new deal was offered which extended his stay with the Hammers for another two years.
Collins believes it was his recent form which convinced the club to reward him with the new deal, having originally expected to be leaving the Boleyn Ground in the January transfer window.
The 163-game Hammers veteran has played the full 90 minutes of the last five games, and tying Collins down to a new deal could be better than any of the deals the East London side complete this January transfer window.