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AFC Bournemouth: Collison relishing extra special debut against Lions
NEW Cherries loan star Jack Collison admitted the mouth-watering prospect of facing West Ham’s fiercest rivals Millwall would make his Dean Court debut “extra special”.
Welsh international Collison, who was named in Chris Coleman’s 23-man squad yesterday, has spent the past eight years at Upton Park since signing as a 16-year-old scholar with the Hammers.
Now 25, Cherries’ latest recruit has been submerged in the cultural rivalry between his parent club and their London foes.
And Collison confessed to his burning desire to tame the Lions should he start his first Cherries fixture on Dorset soil tomorrow (3pm).
Collison told the Daily Echo: “As soon as I signed, I checked the fixtures and it was great to see Millwall coming up at the weekend.
“I have had a few texts from West Ham fans and people at the club telling me to put one over them and, if selected, it would be fantastic to nick a goal.
“The Millwall games are always going to be extra special for me.
“Not only that, it is a chance to play in front of the home fans for the first time and, more importantly, to get a positive result.”
Asked whether he expected any stick from the visiting support, Collison added: “I would imagine so but that comes with the territory and it is up to us to put on a good performance for the home crowd.”
Collison was drafted in by boss Eddie Howe ahead of Cherries’ trip to Leeds United on Tuesday and he played the full 90 minutes as the 10-man Dorset outfit suffered a 2-1 defeat at Elland Road.
Howe opted to look to the loan market to bolster his midfield options after losing Richard Hughes to suspension and with Harry Arter, Shaun MacDonald and Andrew Surman having been sidelined by injury in recent weeks.
Former Portsmouth man Hughes was sent off against Blackburn but he is available tomorrow after serving his one-match ban at Leeds.
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