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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 100 career goals – most of which have come in the fourth tier – Collins adds even more firepower to the Town frontline, after signing in June 2017 for an undisclosed fee from Crawley Town on a three-year contract.

Since leaving Aston Villa, the 26-year-old pursued a career in the lower leagues, going onto score 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 has netted 54 goals since his return to England, including 22 last term for Crawley.

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

The forward netted a hat-trick on his Sky Bet League Two debut for the Hatters, putting three past Yeovil Town in th 8-2 win at Kenilworth Road. Two goals in his next three league appearances for the Town saw him nominated for Player of the Month for August 2017.

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