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James Collins: Ipswich Town swoop for former West Ham defender

James Collins is Ipswich's fifth signing of the transfer window. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed veteran defender James Collins on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old former Welsh international has been training with Town this week and has been handed a contract until the end of the season.

Collins, who has previously played for Cardiff City, West Ham United and Aston Villa, is available for Saturday's huge clash against relegation rivals Rotherham United at Portman Road.

He becomes Ipswich's fifth signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of Callum Elder, Will Keane, Collin Quaner and Simon Dawkins.

“James has a great presence about him and that can be huge for us,” manager Paul Lambert said.

“He has played at the highest level and his experience will be vital. We’re delighted to have him here.”

ITV News Anglia caught up with former Norwich City winger Darren Eadie at a charity bowls game this week ahead of the upcoming world championships, and asked him about the fortunes of both East Anglian clubs.

"It seems as if Paul Lambert has got Ipswich playing better and scoring goals," he said.

"But, they concede goals at the other end and the difficulty is that when you get on a run like that of poor results, it's very difficult to get out of. You make decisions that you wouldn't normally make.

"They're getting leads in games, but it's just holding onto them."

Meanwhile, Cambridge United have signed Aston Villa youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy on loan until the end of the season and Northampton Town striker Billy Waters has re-joined former club Cheltenham Town on loan for the rest of the campaign.

Elsewhere in League Two, Stevenage have signed West Ham midfielder Moses Makasi on loan until the end of the season.

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