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COLLINS SIGNS FOR TOWN

8 February 2013

Defender Lee pens Sixfields deal

Northampton Town have signed defender Lee Collins on a contract to the end of the season.

24 year old Collins who can play at centre back or left back, was released by Barnsley just before the transfer window closed. 

He is a product of the Wolves Academy, spending much of the 2007–08 season on loan at Hereford United, helping the Bulls win promotion into League 1. He joined Port Vale on loan at the start of the 2008–09 season, and his loan stay was made permanent in January 2009. He played 53 games for the Valiants in 2009–10, and continued to be a key member of the defence in 2010–11. He joined Barnsley on loan in March 2012, with a view to a permanent deal that summer. 

He had a loan spell at Shrewsbury in League 1 in the first half of the 2012/13 season.

“I like Lee and I think if you are going to be successful then you have got to get players in who are better than the level that you are at," said boss Aidy Boothroyd.

“Lee certainly is that and he played for us in a reserve team friendly at Stoke in the week.

“He’s been training with us and I am delighted we have been able to bring him in.

"He is a good defender, he can play in more than one position, he has a fantastic attitude and we had to fend off a number of clubs to sign him. I am delighted he is here."

Collins has been allocated squad number 6 at Sixfields.

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