Jack Collison’s full retirement statement

CollisonJack Collision has issued a statement on his decision to retire from playing football and concentrate on other opportunities.

We are pleased to publish it here in full and send him all the very best for the future from everybody on ClaretandHugh .

Here’s how Jack pulled down the curtain:

“I have had plenty of time to mull this over and have not acted hastily in this decision and I must say that Peterborough United have acted with class throughout.

“They have allowed me to make the easy transition from playing to coaching without any issues and I now intend to repay their faith by helping the next generation make the step from young up and coming, to first team superstar.

“My passion for playing is slowly dying out, but my passion for football is burning ever so strong and I intend to stay within the game and make my mark in other areas.

“I am currently completing my coaching badges, whilst managing the Posh U18s and I love watching my own soccer school flourish.

“I have other interests as well, including a university degree in sports writing and a Miami venture which I am also very excited about.

“Although football has made me the man I am today it doesn’t define me and I am very optimistic about the future.”


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

6 comments on “Jack Collison’s full retirement statement

  1. I wish Jack all the very best for the future and good luck with the coaching 🙂

  2. Good luck to you Jack,proper pro footballer,no flash Harry.You were a credit to West Ham.Looking forward to listening to him on the C&H part of Moore Than Just A Podcasf.on Monday if he can do it then.Should be interesting.

  3. all the best jack, like to see him involved in the Stratford era in some capacity!

  4. Best wishes to you Jack,used to love watching you.Should have seeked advice from Wetpants though.Appears SOME are experts on injuries & medical advice as well as management now!!!

  5. Despite the pain of having to make this decision It’s good that you are being so philosophical about the future Jack. You have achieved by playing at the highest level something the majority of us could only ever dream about and those memories will always be there for you. Although I played at a much lower level of the game I also had to endure the same knee injury as you so I can sympathise with how soul destroying the rehab process can be. One thing for certain, If your coaching ability is as excellent as your writing talent then I’m sure you’ve got a great future ahead of you. All the very best for the future Jack, thanks for what you have done for us and remember you’ll always be a member of the West Ham family.

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