Former West Ham and Wales midfielder Jack Collison has signed for Peterborough United on a one-year contract. Collison made 121 appearances for Premier League club West Ham United and currently holds 16 international caps. He has also experienced loan spells at Bournemouth and Wigan Athletic.
The 26-year-old is the first signing during the summer transfer window under the management of newly appointed boss Dave Robertson, who beat other lower league clubs, including Milton Keynes Dons, to his signature.
Collison’s footballing career began with a brief two-year spell at The Posh when he was a member of the youth academy. The Welshman then moved to local rivals Cambridge United to join their youth set-up, before former West Ham United boss Alan Pardew and academy director Tony Carr spotted him at the age of 19.
During the 2007/2008 season, Collison would be given his Premiership debut football under Alan Curbishley after impressing as the reserve captain, appearing as a substitute against Arsenal. He would then make his first start for his boyhood club three months later against Bolton Wanderers.
In May 2008, he was handed his international debut in a friendly win over Iceland and his ability was associated with the likes of Ryan Giggs. But two years on, the English-born youngster was ruled out for nine months with knee cartilage damage.
Since his major injury, repetitive knee stress spelt the end for Collison at the Boleyn Ground, as well as an absence for his country.
In September 2014, in an attempt to regain fitness, Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy gave the former Posh youth player a chance to shine at Championship level. However, he never made a single appearance at Portman Road.
But since becoming a free agent in January, Collison will hope to impress this season after what has been an injury-hit journey in his professional career so far. An injury-free pre-season could help his chances of a regular spot in The Posh starting line-up, which could enhance a possible promotion push back to the second tier.