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James Collins

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Biography

Date of birth

01/12/1990

Height

188 cm

Signed

29/06/2017

Country

England

Having netted over 125 career goals – most of which have come in the fourth tier – Collins adds a hefty amount of firepower to the Town frontline, after signing in June 2017 for an undisclosed fee from Crawley Town on a three-year contract, a deal that was extended by a further year following promotion to League One.

Since leaving Aston Villa, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a prolific career in the lower leagues, scoring regularly for the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Swindon Town and the Red Devils.

A season in the Scottish Premiership with Hibernian didn't prove as fruitful as planned in the 2013-14 season, but he netted 54 goals upon his return to England before signing for Luton, including 22 for Crawley in 2016-17.

The Coventry-born former Republic of Ireland U21 international has now won promotion four times from League Two; twice with Shrewsbury, once during his loan at Northampton Town in 2016 and once with the Hatters.

He continued his goalscoring exploits with the Town, banging in 20 goals in his first campaign in an orange shirt.

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