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Commanding Collins is the latest acquisition

8 June 2015

Defender pledges his name to the club as part of Adam Murray’s revolution.

Manager Adam Murray has strengthened our squad's defensive rearguard by snapping up commanding defender Lee Collins on a free transfer.

The deal will be complete subject to Football League approval

Primarily a centre-back, the 26-year-old will add good versatility to our team as he can also operate comfortably at full-back – if required to do so.

Born in Telford, Collins, who was previously on the books of Northampton Town, has amassed almost 300 appearances during a career which started at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He was on Wolves’ books as a youngster, but gained experienced during loan stints with Hereford United, who he helped to promotion from this level in 2007/08, then Port Vale. 

After subsequently signing permanently at Vale Park in January 2009, he featured on 163 occasions during a three-and-a-half-year stay with the club.

The defender played at Sky Bet Championship level during a spell with Barnsley, before spending time on loan at Shrewsbury Town.

In February 2013, he agreed terms with Northampton Town and featured in the League Two Play-Off Final later that season. Ultimately, he made 86 appearances in all competitions for the Cobblers.

“Lee is somebody with a vast amount of experience and is of a great age,” said our boss, who was speaking shortly after sealing the deal. 

“He’s someone that was an ever-present last season for Northampton. He’s been there for a few years and been a kingpin in their defence. He knows the league inside out and he’s had success at this level and also played at a higher level.”

Murray added: “I think Northampton fans were a little bit shocked that they let him go and he’s somebody that we’ve fought hard to get.

“To bring Lee into the building is a big one for us. He’ll add good strength, strength in character, and he’s a player that’s very reliable and efficient at this level. 

“As a defender, he competes but he can play too. He’s quick and he’s also a leader, so we’ve got a real all-round package with him. We’ve got something which I felt was missing last year and he’s somebody that I believe will bring the best out of others.”

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