Bookies: Collins wants to go back to Wales to take on Cardiff –

download (5)Bookies can’t wait to see James Collins, West Ham defender, go back to Wales when his club take on Cardiff in their Premier League season opener, and neither can the player.

UK bookmaker services remember that when he was 16, the Welshman, 29-years-old, signed as a trainee and started his career at Cardiff.

The Wales international spent almost five years at the club and made 86 senior appearances.

In 2005, the player left the club so he could join West Ham, and bookies saw that in 2009, after moving to Aston Villa, he returned last season to Upton Park.

Collins and many bookies are eager to see the club get moving in the 2013-14 campaign, and said that West Ham’s first match of the season against his old club will be very special.

“It will be good. I looked at it straight away and, with my family still living down there, they were excited as well,” Collins told West Ham’s official website.

“It will be strange playing against them in the Premier League, but they have done great to come up so it’s one I am looking forward to.

“The same as last year, we had my other former club Aston Villa and we got the three points against them, so fingers crossed we can do the same.

“I played against Cardiff once when I was at Villa in the League Cup (in September 2009) but it will be great to play against them in the league.

“There are not too many faces there from my time any more, but they did give me my start in football so I do keep an eye on them.

“Like last year, though, I’ll be playing as hard as ever to get the three points.”

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UK bookmaker services saw that last term, Collins made 30 appearances for West Ham in all competitions, and bookies all over the world know very well what a talented player he is.