Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has revealed that he will make a decision on the future of trialist James Collins ‘in the next couple of days’.
Collins left West Ham United at the end of last season following the expiration of his contract, and has been linked with a number of Championship clubs.
The centre-back is currently on trial at Villa though, and appeared in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Yeovil Town last week.
Smith has confirmed that he is close to deciding whether Collins will be offered a contract, with an announcement expected ‘in the next couple of days’, according to quotes on BirminghamLive.
Collins played over 100 times for Villa between 2009 and 2012 before returning to West Ham, and might well be offered a deal until the end of the season.
The 35-year-old’s future has been discussed by the Villa fans on social media, and a selection of their views on the situation can be seen below:
What’s he like in goal?
— john smith (@ejohnsmith) November 29, 2018
JAMES COLLINS???Bloody hell I know our defence is non-existent, but THAT is desperate!! #avfc
— Rob (@robbcorin) November 29, 2018
I’d snap him up. Experience and height. No brainer.
— Will Davies (@wilsterdavies1) November 29, 2018
Better the devil you know. Chester when 100% fit but is Collins good enough now?
— ClaretandBlueB6 (@dpwhite48) November 29, 2018
Can he play in goal?
— wayne (@Powellw91) November 29, 2018
— Chez Avfc (@AvfcUTV1) November 29, 2018
I hope we get him in, I don’t know what’s up with Chester but we need to drop him.
— Emmett (@EmmettAVFC) November 29, 2018