James Collins tears up £50k Aston Villa contract, just an hour after signing it

James Collins tears up £50k Aston Villa contract, just an hour after signing it

The Welshman ripped up his contract after being dealt and injury blow

Having been released from West Ham in the summer, veteran defender James Collins is currently a free agent. The 35-year-old, who made over 150 appearances for the Hammers in two separate spells, was training with Championship outfit Aston Villa with the view to signing a short-term deal.

Collins impressed manager Dean Smith during his trial and earned himself a £10,000-a-week five-week contract at the West Midland’s outfit. Just one training session after penning his new deal however, the former Wales international was sidelined with an injured calf, ruling him out for the duration of his new short-term contract.

According to the Mirror, Collins was so angry by the injury that he returned to Villa’s training ground and physically tore up his contract. Villains boss Dean Smith said:

“James has picked up a calf injury and hasn’t trained.

“He has a tight calf so there’s nothing moving with that.”

Promotion chasing Villa have a challenging run of fixtures approaching; they welcome league leaders Leeds to Villa Park on Saturday, before travelling to Swansea on Boxing Day and Preston for their last fixture of 2018.

Collins’ latest injury blow now means he will be unavailable for all three matches, which could damage Villa’s chances of breaking into the play-off places in time for the new year.

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