Collison eyes bright future
Jack Collison is confident that he can play a major role for West Ham this season.
Last Updated: 15/11/08 1:17pm
Jack Collison is confident that he can play a major role for West Ham this season and has predicted a bright future for the club.
The 20-year-old has broken into the Hammers side in recent months and scored his first goal in last week's 3-1 defeat to Everton.
Fellow youngster Freddie Sears has also been given opportunities to impress by Gianfranco Zola and Collison believes West Ham have a lot of potential.
"West Ham is a club with a history of bringing through young talent," he told Sky Sports News.
"Me and Freddie have been involved and we have got some more coming through. I think the future is bright.
"Scoring my first goal has given me a lot of confidence. Playing in this team, I think I can score goals, especially with the likes of Scott Parker and Hayden Mullins sitting around me."
West Ham have slipped into the bottom half of the table after picking up just one point from their last six games, but Collison is convinced that results will improve.
He said: "A lot of people have been saying we're playing good football but at the end of the day we need results.
"I think each team goes though a bad spell but the boys are all working hard and three or four results can totally change the outlook of a season."
Toshack hails young duo
Meanwhile, Collison has been urged to take his chance at international level by Wales boss John Toshack.
Toshack is set to give Collison a third cap in Wales' friendly against Denmark, while Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey is also set to make his debut.
And Toshack has told both players it is their time to shine after holding them back earlier in the season and allowing them to play for the Under 21s.
"I spoke to Aaron and Jack prior to the Under 21 games, I made it clear to them that the time was coming for them to be taking on more responsibility and making the next step up to the seniors," said Toshack.
"They were both with us in the squad during the summer and although Aaron didn't make his debut, I made him aware his time would come. Now it is here, and that applies to Jack as well.
"I have been closely watching Aaron's progress at Arsenal and from the games I have seen him play, he has impressed me immensely.
"It is time now for both Jack and Aaron to have match time with the senior squad."