Hat­ters end Sky Blues’ Collins hope

Coventry Telegraph - - FOOTBALL - By MANTEJ MANN mantej.mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com James Collins

COVENTRY City tar­get James Collins has sealed his move to Lu­ton Town.

The 26-year-old Coven­try­born striker joined the Hat­ters yes­ter­day for an undis­closed fee, be­lieved to be around £250,000.

The for­mer Craw­ley Town front­man scored 22 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions for the Reds last sea­son af­ter leav­ing Shrews­bury Town af­ter his con­tract had ex­pired.

Craw­ley Di­rec­tor of Foot­ball Se­lim Gay­gusuz said: “James goes with our best wishes and thanks for a fan­tas­tic sea­son.

“He’s taken the de­ci­sion to move closer to home and we wish him all the best for the fu­ture.”

Hat­ters man­ager Nathan Jones said: “James is a proven striker, es­pe­cially at this level.

“To score the amount of goals that he did – with­out be­ing dis­re­spect­ful to any­one – in a team that was fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion, was first class.

“The year be­fore he got pro­moted with Northamp­ton, and he’s gone up twice with Shrews­bury, so he comes with great pedi­gree.

“In the games that he played against us last sea­son he did very well, scor­ing in both, and we feel that for this level and the level above, he’s a top striker.

“It’s a won­der­ful sign­ing and we’ve had to work re­ally hard to get him.

“All credit to the board and to James him­self.

“He showed a de­sire to want to come to the club be­cause we had com­pe­ti­tion from other clubs to get him.

“We want win­ners in the dress­ing room and good char­ac­ters who want to buy into the ethos we have here.

“When I met James, I knew that he had that ethos. “I know what he wants to do. “It’s a real coup for us.”

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