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‘We are due to have another conversation’ – Hurst on Town’s attempts to sign ex West Ham defender Collins

PUBLISHED: 15:55 02 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:59 02 September 2018

James Collins was released by West Ham this summer. Photo: PA

James Collins was released by West Ham this summer. Photo: PA

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Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst says he is due to speak further to veteran defender James Collins about signing for the Blues.

The 35-year-old is a free agent following his release by West Ham this summer and, because of that, he can still sign for a club even though the permanent and loan transfer windows have both shut.

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Asked about his reported interest in the 51-cap Welsh international following this afternoon’s 1-1 home draw with Norwich City, Hurst said: “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.”

Town currently have just three senior centre-backs in Luke Chambers, Toto Nsiala (who is suspended for the next two games) and Matthew Pennington, who arrived on loan from Everton just rior to last Friday’s deadline.

Homegrown centre-back Luke Woolfenden was allowed to join League Two side Swindon Town on loan for the season with a January break clause.

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Town have shown interest in veteran defender Gareth McAuley, also a free agent, but the former Blues man is reportedly on the verge of joining Scottish side Rangers.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst hailed the character of his players following their gutsy comeback draw against Brentford at Portman Road tonight.

Ipswich Town came-from-behind to draw 1-1 with Brentford at Portman Road tonight. STUART WATSON gives his snap verdict.

Andy Warren hands out his player grades following Ipswich Town’s 1-1 draw with Brentford at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town produced a second-half turnaround as they battled back to secure a 1-1 draw against Brentford on the night the club paid tribute to the late Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town take on Brentford this evening as they search for their first victory under manager Paul Hurst (7.45pm).

Ipswich Town’s players, staff, fans and legends paid an emotional tribute to the late, great, Kevin Beattie prior to kick-off of this evening’s clash with Brentford.

Paul Hurst is not hiding from the fact he could face the sack if his winless start to life as Ipswich Town manager goes on much longer.

Paul Hurst knows his Ipswich Town side will need to put in a special performance on what is sure to be an emotional evening at Portman Road, as everyone connected with Ipswich Town remembers the great Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town fan Nigel Beckman has written a poem in tribute to the late, great Kevin Beattie.

We take a look at what happened on this day at Ipswich Town

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