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Meet Danny

13 September 2016

We catch up with our latest recruit Danny Collins, moments after joining the Mariners.

Tell us about your career in football. 

Started out in 2000, at Chester, that's my local team, that's where I am from. I had a couple of good seasons at Chester.

Ben Davis was actually there with me at Chester, got promoted with him from the Conference.

I moved onto Sunderland from there, had five years at Sunderland, really enjoyed it, loved it up there. Then I went to Stoke, had three years at Stoke. Had a couple of loan moves in the middle of that to West Ham and to Ipswich.  Then three years at Nottingham Forest, last season at Rotherham. 

International Career.

Yes, I've got 12 caps for Wales, absolutely enjoyed it. Good managers, good experiences, some good players. It's good to see that they have progressed now and had great Euros.

How's the move to Town come about?

I heard in the last few days that something might be happening. I finished at Rotherham last year so I was on a free. I've done a bit of pre season down with Bolton – nothing came about so I've just kept ticking over. Dave my agent gave me a call yesterday and said something might be happening here. Got up this morning, and I've agreed to come down and get the deal done.

Is it something you had to think about?

Not really. When you are sat at home and watching Soccer Saturday, your watching games, I just want to get out there playing games.

Obviously I've just turned 36, but I still feel pretty good, still feel fit, and want to carry on playing as high as I can.

Have you played against Town before?

No, I've never come up against Grimsby before. 

Is there an option to stay beyond January?

Yes, I think so. We've chatted things through and we've agreed to take it up to January for now, and assess things from there.

What kind of defender are you?

Aggressive, in terms of I like to compete aerially, on the deck. I try and play football as well. I don't think you'll get as much time on the ball as in The Championship or the Premier League, but there's a lot of aerial balls to compete for, and some tasty tackles I imagine. 

Watch the full interview on Mariners PlayerHD. 
 

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