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Collins still training with Ipswich amid continued Aston Villa interest

PUBLISHED: 17:02 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:12 12 September 2018

James Collins continues to train with Ipswich Town. Photo: PA

James Collins continues to train with Ipswich Town. Photo: PA

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Veteran central defender James Collins continues to train with Ipswich Town.

The free agent, who left West Ham at the end of last season, has been training with the Blues since last week as he continues to look for a new club.

The 35-year-old has been linked with a return to another of his former clubs, Aston Villa, with Steve Bruce’s men also keen to try and bring John Terry back to the club he captained in last season’s Championship play-off final.

But the former England skipper now looks set to move to Russia with Spartak Moscow, meaning Villa could step up a move for Collins.

The Telegraph reported at the weekend that Collins had been reluctant to enter into any formal agreement with the Blues as he waited to see if Villa’s interest became serious.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw with Norwich earlier this month, Ipswich manager Paul Hurst said of Collins: “We spoke to him last week and are due to have another conversation. I wouldn’t particularly rule it out.

“It’s certainly not a case of him just coming in to sign paperwork, but it’s something we will look at.”

Ipswich had shown an interest in former club captain Gareth McAuley prior to his move to Rangers, before Matthew Pennington joined on loan from Everton prior to the loan window closing.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst says there will be times he had to abandon his ideals, but that he is very clear about how he wants his team to play in the long run.

Grant Ward believes he is a good fit for Paul Hurst’s style of play at Ipswich Town but knows he needs a runs of game if he is to perform at a consistently high level.

Mike Bacon looks back on a week of such sadness with the loss of Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever player, Kevin Beattie

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren fill in the blank on some big Ipswich Town topics.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst has thanked supporters for sticking with him and the team following a nine-game winless start to the season.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back to discuss the latest goings on at Ipswich Town.

Paul Hurst has been impressed with the form of goalkeeper Dean Gerken since the 33-year-old was brought into the side in place of Bartosz Bialkowski.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to March 16, 2013, when skipper Carlos Edwards netted a late minute winner to see the Blues to a crucial 1-0 victory over Bolton at Portman Road.

In our new daily feature, we take a look back at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town history.

One of Ipswich Town’s greatest ever players was honoured with a testimonial match at Portman Road in 1982 for his service for the football club

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