Jack Collison swapped his claret and blue kit for a smart suit and tie as he made his debut as a Sky Sports pundit for Saturday's 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Fulham.

The West Ham United No10 joined former Chelsea and England midfielder Ray Wilkins in the studio at the Boleyn Ground to cast his eye over the Hammers' second straight home win to start the 2012/13 season.

Collison, who hopes to return from a knee problem soon, said he enjoyed his time in front of the cameras, but would not be looking to exchange the pitch for an analyst's chair on a permanent basis for some time yet.


"Being injured at the moment, I had the opportunity to try something else out and it was good fun," explained Collison, who is a regular contributor to West Ham TV. "Luckily they looked after me in the studio and Ray Wilkins was really good helping me out. It was a fantastic result for the boys and I thought they were magnificent.

"Fortunately the boys were magnificent right through from Andy Carroll having a brilliant debut to Jussi [Jaaskelainen] making three or four crucial saves at the end of the game. Long may it continue!"

"When the cameras come out, I always like a go and I thought 'I'm not playing so why not?'. I trained in the morning and then came over to the stadium and had a chance to give the boys a bit of abuse on the TV!"

While he is itching to get back to playing, Collison clearly enjoys discussing the game he loves and admitted he would like to follow the likes of Wilkins, Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp into the media when his career is at an end.

"I think any way I can stay in the game after I finish playing would be great. Speaking to Ray Wilkins, he said other than football working on TV is the second best thing you can do because you are travelling round watching games and giving your opinion.

"I thoroughly enjoyed it on Saturday but fingers crossed it is a long way off yet before I am doing that as my job!"

Collison was able to give a glowing report of his team-mates' comprehensive win over the Cottagers and, having played a starring role in helping West Ham to get promoted last season, the Wales international cannot wait to pull on his boots in the Barclays Premier League again.

"It was hard getting over a long-term injury but I got lots of minutes last year which I really enjoyed. I loved playing every minute of last season and I'm desperate to get out there now, especially while we're back in the Premier League.

"I think, first and foremost, we've got to make sure we're stable in the Premier League. If we can get to that 40-point barrier as soon as possible it would give us so much confidence. If we can carry on our home form and get it going away, we're going to be a tough team to beat and hopefully we can push on.

"I'm pretty much there or thereabouts myself now. I just need to get some minutes under my belt and then try to give the manager a few headaches. If the boys continue to play like they did against Fulham then it's going to be hard to get back into the team. It's a challenge I'm looking forward to."