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James Collins opens up on his short-term stay at Aston Villa

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa in action during a training session  at Bodymoor Heath training ground on January 03, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Former Aston Villa defender James Collins is now playing for Paul Lambert at Ipswich Town.

James Collins of Aston Villa in action during a Aston Villa training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on July 5, 2012 in Birmingham, England.Championship ace James Collins has admitted that it didn't feel right in taking Aston Villa's money following his very short stint at the club this season.

The 35-year-old, who left Premier League side West Ham in the summer, was training with Villa prior to his move to Ipswich Town this month. 

After training with the Midlands outfit, Collins admitted that he almost immediately 'ripped up' the short-term deal that was offered to him.

 

Collins revealed that he didn't want to take the club's money after injuring himself in his first warm-up session with the promotion-chasing club. 

"It just didn't seem right," said Collins, as quoted by BBC Sport. "They offered me a short term contract and I got injured the morning I signed the contract and I ripped that up.

"I literally signed the contract, went out to training and pulled my calf in the first warm-up session so I just went in and said 'that's not right to come in and take money,'

James Collins of West Ham United shows appreciation to the fans during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

"I could have been out for four weeks and I said 'let's rip that up.' It was probably more embarrassment more than anything."

If he had stayed on with Dean Smith's side then he would have joined a team vying for promotion to the Premier League - Collins played for Villa earlier on in his career for a three-year period. 

Villa are currently five points adrift of the playoff places and have conceded 43 goals during their 27 league matches - they only shipped 42 goals last term. 

Since all of that, Collins has now joined the Championship's bottom-of-the-table club Ipswich, who picked up a much-needed three points at the weekend.

Centre-back Collins started the 1-0 win against Rotherham and helped the keep the club's hopes of staying in the second tier of English football alive.

Rotherham United's Michael Smith battles with Ipswich Town's James Collins during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Rotherham United at Portman Road on January 12,...

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