By Alan Duffy
Collison comes on to make his West Ham debut at the Emirates on New Year’s Day, 2008
This summer Welsh midfielder Jack Collison was released by his club West Ham after serving the club for nine years.
Despite the obvious disappointment at being let go by the Hammers, the 25-year-old has penned a fantastic open letter to West Hams fans on the club site. thanking them for their support.
Indeed, it’s a very long letter which goes through his career at the Boleyn Ground in lovely detail and it’s well worth a read.
What a nice, humble chap Mr. Collison seems to be.
Here are the first two paragraphs for a taster…
“The time has come for an end to my West Ham United career. What a rollercoaster it has been – I have experienced plenty of ups and downs during my nine-year spell at West Ham!
“Signing at 16, I wasn’t sure if I was ready for the challenge but with the love and care of Bob and Val, who run the Academy digs, I soon settled and found the new challenge exciting. I had to pinch myself at times, moving from a quiet village into a big house in Essex under the guidance of the one and only Tony Carr – the man who brought through the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand.
And you can read the full piece here.