Delighted Collins returns to West Ham

Wales defender is back at the London club he left three years ago

James Collins made 51 Barclays Premier League appearances in his first spell at West Ham

West Ham United have announced the signing of former defender James Collins from Aston Villa.

The Wales international, who turns 29 later this month, spent four seasons at the Barclays Premier League club he joined from Cardiff City in 2005, and has agreed terms on another four-year deal with the Londoners after joining for an undisclosed fee.

"It's great to be back," Collins told West Ham's official website. "Having been here before and coming back and seeing some of the same old faces is great.

"As soon as I knew the interest was there from West Ham I couldn't wait to get down and sign.

"I had a great affinity with the club and the fans when I was here the first time and I enjoyed my time here so much last time that it wasn't a hard decision to make, to be honest."

Key Points

  • James Collins signs for Hammers on four-year deal
  • The 28-year-old left West Ham for aston villa three years ago
  • Popular defender is looking forward to bonding wth fans again