Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says he will decide whether or not to sign veteran defender James Collins imminently.

The 35-year-old is without a club since leaving West Ham in the summer and has been on trial at Villa Park in the hope of rejoining the club he represented between 2009 and 2012.

Collins played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Yeovil last week, in a further bid to impress.

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Smith told the Birmingham Mail that he is weighing up the decision:

He is still here training with us. He played a game last week, against Yeovil. He is getting minutes and getting closer to me making a decision about him.

I’ll probably do it in the next couple of days and decide where we’re going with him.

Collins would be a potentially shrewd signing for Villa, given his vast experience at the top level.

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At 35, it is clear that his best days are behind him, but he is arguably still good enough to cut it in the Championship.

As Smith’s men look to seal promotion back to the Premier League, having another wise head around wouldn’t do an harm at all.