New deal for Collison

PUBLISHED: 07:02 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010

Jack Collison is poised to sign a new contract at Upton Park after Gianfranco Zola confirmed the Hammers are close to agreeing terms with the midfielder

JACK COLLISON is poised to sign a new contract at Upton Park after Gianfranco Zola confirmed the Hammers are close to agreeing terms with the midfielder.

Collison has emerged as one of the club's brightest young prospects following a handful of eye-catching displays this year, including a stunning strike against Everton last month.

The 20-year-old also made his full Wales debut this season with a man-of-the-match display in Denmark and the Hammers are set to reward his breakthrough by sealing a new long-term deal.

The club's decision to offer Collison a long-term contract follows last week's announcement that fellow academy graduate Freddie Sears has signed on for a further five years.

Zola admits that West Ham's homegrown stars will play a key role in his vision for the Hammers after insisting he will continue the club's tradition of nurturing promising youngsters.

"They are the future of the club and that is the philosophy we want to have," he said.

"We're looking to build a team like that, where there is always a possibility of young players coming through and youth to have a chance.

"That is my ideal situation and what we are trying to do. That is why Jack is going to sign an extension to his contract and Sears has already signed.

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