Hatters end Sky Blues’ Collins hope
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.”