Pain and gain for Jack

Hammers midfielder happy to have played his part

Last Updated: 10/11/12 12:02pm

Jack Collison told Soccer AM he doesn't regret playing in West Ham's promotion charge, even though it has left him injured for the opening months of the Premier League season.

"I think it's a bit harsh to say it's long ball. We've mixed it up quite well, especially this season. "

Jack Collison

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The Hammers midfielder has been plagued by persistent knee problems throughout this career and is yet to kick a ball this season after the injury flared up again over the summer.

Collison played a key role in West Ham's run to the play-offs last year and scored both goals in the first leg of the semi-final against Cardiff - and he told Helen and Max he was thrilled to be part of that experience, even though it took its toll physically.

"I was out for a long while before, but came back last year and played 30 to 35 games," he explained.

"It was maybe a little bit too much too soon and I had a little bit of a set-back, but I've had it all cleaned up and I'm back training and hopefully around Christmas time I should be back in the mix.

"I played a lot of games last year and there was a lot of irritation, but I've had it cleaned out now and fingers crossed it's all good. I feel good and I'm dying to go.

"The surgeon's a bit of a magician and hopefully he's sorted me out this time and I can't wait to get going in the Premier League this year.

"I would definitely [have played all those games]. It was a great experience last year in the Championship. After the play-off final I could hardly move, but it was great to be out there - and what a great day out for the fans.

"It's just nice that West Ham are back where they belong now."

Accused

Hammers fans enjoy Collison's all-action approach to the game and the Welshman insists the team has been playing some good football in his absence this season.

Manager Sam Allardyce has often been accused of playing long-ball football -the signing of 6ft 3in striker Andy Carroll on loan from Liverpool only reinforced the stereotype - but Collison says it's unfair to ignore the variety in their tactics.

"It's a results business, but I think the West Ham fans like to see a good bit of football," he said.

"I think it's a bit harsh to say it's long ball. We've mixed it up quite well, especially this season.

"Obviously we've got the option, especially with the big man up front now, Andy Carroll, who gives us an option if we want to go long, but we play some really nice stuff at times.

"The longer the season goes on, the more people will see it and the more credit we'll get."