New Signing: James Collins returns on short term Villa deal.

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James Collins, who is remembered for three seasons at Villa Park between 2009-12, will rejoin on a short term deal.

The deal is widely reported to see Villa through until January 2019, when the transfer window re-opens.

Villa’s lack of cover at centre half has been a cause for concern all season, with promising rookie Axel Tuanzebe and captain James Chester the only cover available.

With Tommy Elphick on a season long loan at Hull and Chester nursing a troublesome knee, the re-signing of Collins appears prudent.

Collins, now 35, has been training with Villa at Bodymoor Heath since September.

KEY FACTS

  • Brought in on trial by former boss Bruce.
  • 5 Week Deal.
  • 35 years old.
  • 108 appearances for Villa 2009-12.
  • Scored 6 goals.
  • Retired Welsh international (51 Caps)
  • Given a maximum fine by Villa in 2011 for “fracas”.
  • Nicknamed the ‘Ginger Pele’.
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