James Collins Rips Up His Aston Villa Contract An Hour After Signing It
James Collins has ripped up his contract in pure frustration.
The veteran-defender is a free agent following his release from West Ham United in the summer, he was training at Aston Villa in view to a short-term deal.
And he impressed Dean Smith, earning a deal at Villa Park.
The Championship club reportedly tabled a five-week contract worth £10,000-a-week.
However, the very first training session AFTER putting pen-to-paper he injured his calf, ruling him out for the duration of his newly-minted contract.
Collins was so angry, he went back to Bodymoor Heath training ground and physically teared his contract with the club per Mirror.
James Collins has ripped up a £50,000 contract at Aston Villa after injuring himself just an hour after signing it. [mirror] #avfc
- villareport (@villareport) December 20, 2018
Ex-Hammer James Collins has tore up his £50,000 contract with Aston Villa only hours after signing it.
He injured his calf and says he refuses to be paid while injured.
What a man ⚒#COYI pic.twitter.com/tA171F0sPV
- West Ham Fanzone (@WestHamFZ) December 20, 2018
"James has picked up a calf injury and hasn't trained," Smith said about Collins.
"He has a tight calf so there's nothing moving with that."
Collins had enjoyed a spell at Villa, previously, between 2009 to 2012.
He was an ever-present in defence, eventually completing a transfer to West Ham.
Villa, who currently boast the likes of James Chester and Axel Tuanzebe in defence, will now have to deal with the hectic Christmas schedule without Collins' services.
Smith's side are eighth in the league and play Leeds United, Swansea City, Preston and Queens Park Rangers in a space of nine crazy days.