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Jul 24, 2014

Jack Collison hoping for QPR deal

Collison missed the entire 2011/12 campaign through injury
Collison missed the entire 2011/12 campaign through injury

Wales international Jack Collison wants to prove himself during a preseason spell at QPR -- with a move to Loftus Road of interest to the former West Ham midfielder.

Collison, 25, saw his seven-year stay at West Ham come to an end when a number of knee problems led to no new contract being offered this summer.

Having spent time out on loan at Bournemouth and Wigan, Collison failed to prove his fitness to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce and is now in search of a new club.

Harry Redknapp offered Collison the chance to work with his QPR squad during their preparations to give him a better chance of securing a future in the game. Now out with the Hoops on their preseason tour of Germany, Collison is targeting a place in Redknapp's side for Saturday's friendly against Red Bull Leipzig and potentially a deal that could see him stay with newly-promoted Rangers.

"The injury has been frustrating but the manager here has been good and not pushed me too hard on the first few days,'' he said. "Hopefully I can start getting involved in some games and start showing people what I can offer them. If I come here and do well then you never know what can happen but I'm also just trying to get myself fit.

"There's no pressure, it's a fantastic club and at the moment I am just grateful to have the opportunity to train with some good players and a fantastic manager.

"We'll just see how it goes, If I do well in a couple of games then you never know. But, if not, then I will have at least got some fitness and maybe some games and everyone is aware of my situation.''

Redknapp said he had been informed of Collison's long-standing knee issue and was hoping to do his bit in keeping the Welshman involved in the game.

"I brought the boy in because I like him, he is a fantastic boy,'' the 67-year-old said. "He's got a chronic knee problem, it must be terrible so if I can help get him fit I will. People have told me what a great lad he is and I knew he didn't have anywhere to train so I wouldn't say no to him. He is going through a lot and he is a real good player but his knee is horrendous, it's not fair.''

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