West Ham defender James Collins pens new contract

West Ham United defender James Collins has signed a new two-year contract extension with the East London cub, which will keep him at the Upton Park until the summer of 2018.

There had been speculations that the 32-year-old centre-back would leave the Hammers during the January transfer window. However, the Welshman has now committed his future to the East Londoners despite interest from Sunderland.

“To be signing for another two years, I can’t explain how happy I am to be part of a club that is moving forward and getting bigger and bigger, so to be part of that is unbelievable,” Collins told the club’s official website.

“I try to be professional, as I’ve been in teams where players make a negative effect when they’re not playing, so I am just proud to be part of such an amazing club.

I’m happy coming in every morning, whether I’m playing or not playing, and I train hard and try to keep myself fit.”

Collins has appeared 160 times across two spells with the club.