James Collins is training with Ipswich Town as he looks to earn a deal with the Championship club and aid Paul Lambert’s side’s relegation revival.
The Tractor Boys’ boss confirmed the 35-year-old is training with the club again having been at the Suffolk club in September under former manager Paul Hurst looking to earn a deal.
The defender had been on the verge of a return to Aston Villa but sustained an injury after being offered a short-term deal.
Ipswich have the worst defensive record in the league and have won just twice in 26 matches, as Lambert looks to add to his side to get them on track and reduce the gap between them and the teams above them.
Town have already beefed up their squad this January with four signings, with Collins training ahead of a proposed deal to make him another signing to the beleaguered basement boys.
With Collins again training with the club, we asked our team of FLW writers if they felt it would be a good signing for Ipswich if the defender joined the club on a full-time basis.
Here’s how they responded…
“This would be great business for Ipswich.
“Lambert needs experienced bodies through the door and Collins would give them a lot of what they were missing under Paul Hurst.
“On a short-term deal, this is a no-brainer.”
“It’s a smart bit of business by Lambert.
“Ipswich are in need of experienced players that can play a part in saving the club from relegation, and Collins certainly comes under that category.
“He might not be at his best now, but he could certainly still do a job in the Championship.
“There’s got to be some potential there if Aston Villa were previously trying to sign him, surely?”
“A perfect signing.
“This Ipswich side have been screaming for some more experience all season, and Collins brings that in abundance.
“A couple more signings of that calibre and they will be right in the hunt for safety.”