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AFC Bournemouth: West Ham midfielder Jack Collison aiming to take Cherries chance
JACK Collison has described as “a great opportunity for me” his loan spell with Cherries and says he is determined to take it with both hands.
Collison, signed on a month’s loan from West Ham, made an impressive debut during Cherries’ ill-deserved 2-1 defeat at Leeds last night.
The Welsh international lined up at Elland Road having headed to Yorkshire by train immediately after completing his temporary switch from Upton Park.
Midfielder Collison, who helped the Hammers win promotion to the Premier League in 2012, had little time to get acquainted with his new team-mates but played his part in a strong Cherries showing.
And while his whirlwind day ended in defeat, Collison insisted he had been happy to be back in the thick of the action and said there were plenty of reasons to be positive about his stint in Dorset.
He told the Daily Echo: “I signed the papers at the West Ham training ground in the morning and then it was a race against the clock to get to Leeds.
“There were a few train changes but I managed to get there just in time to grab a bit of food, meet the boys and get out there for the game.
“I left my house between 12.30pm and 1pm and arrived in Leeds about 4.30pm. It wasn’t too bad and it was worth it for the chance to play at such a great stadium.
“Leeds is a fantastic setting for a football match and I was keen to play as soon as possible so I was really pleased the deal was done in time.
“I hadn’t been involved at West Ham as much as I would have liked and the opportunity arose to play some football.
“Having played at Bournemouth in pre-season, I knew about everyone’s enthusiasm for the club and how they like to pass the ball so it’s a great opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Collison, who turned 25 today, signed up for a scholarship at Upton Park in 2005 and quickly rose to the top, making his full debut for Wales aged 19.
He scored six goals in 34 appearances as the Hammers bounced straight back to the top flight under Sam Allardyce but has found first-team opportunities hard to come by this season.
But while he refused to rule out a longer spell at Dean Court, Collison reiterated his desire to work his way back into Allardyce’s plans.
“Eventually, I would like to get back and force my way into the West Ham team,” he added. “But you never know what the future holds. For now, I just want to take this chance with both hands.”
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