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Town defender Danny Collins says there will be no passengers in the Mariners squad this season.

4 August 2017

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Grimsby Town defender Danny Collins says there will be no passengers in the Mariners squad this season.

The 36-year-old centre-half signed a new one-year deal with Town earlier this summer, and he told iFollow Mariners that every player must be on top of their game if Slade’s side are to achieve their 2017-18 play-off ambitions. Town travel to Chesterfield tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm kick-off) for their Sky Bet League Two season opener – a day before Collins’s 37th birthday – and he said: “Three points, why can’t we? Look at the teams last year we went to – Plymouth, Carlisle – we went to their grounds and took points, and I don’t think there’s anything to fear in the league.

“It’s just about how we turn up on the day because last year there was a bit too much of a Jekyll and Hyde about us, especially towards the end of the season.

“Cheltenham, Barnet, where we sort of go there and within 10 to 15 minutes, I could see we were carrying too many players and we weren’t at it enough.

“The gaffer [Town manager Russell Slade] has obviously spotted that with Wilko [assistant boss Paul Wilkinson] and mentioned it in as many words, and we need to be at it.

“We need eight, nine, 10 players who are going to be there. You may be able to carry one or two, but you can’t carry three or four on the away trips.

“I think our minimum target is to get into the play-offs.

“I spoke to the gaffer at the end of last season. He spoke well of what he was looking for this season and to bring a few players in, which he has done, and to have a go at it.

“He tells it as it is, and he’s set us up, and he gets his point across in terms of minimum time in the meeting rooms, and to go out there Thursday, Friday, we go through shape, just getting us to a good structure.

“Obviously I enjoyed it last year overall. I think we weren’t a million miles away, in terms of where we wanted to be with the club coming up the season before.

“I think a solid mid-table finish was expected from the majority of fans, and certainly from the players I’d imagine.

“But coming so close to the play-offs, as we did, for so long, it was a little bit disappointing that we didn’t push on closer towards the end of the season.”  

The former Wales international added that he’s been impressed with Town’s summer signings in pre-season.

“Some very good additions. With Sam [Kelly] and Siriki [Dembele] out on the wings, it’ll give us that bit of pace. “The little man [Siriki Dembele], he’s looked lively in pre-season and I think he’ll cause one or two defences problems this year when he gets on the ball.

“Especially if he gets the boys squared-up in the box, it’s what you don’t want as a defender – them one-on-ones when he’s throwing step-overs and stuff and causing them problems.

“But what I do like about him as well – he’s not afraid to shirk a challenge. He’s like a little rubber ball – he gets knocked down and he’s straight back up, and he’s ratting the opposition down to win it back, which is a good trait to have in his locker.

“Just if we can get around Scotty [Scott Vernon] perhaps a bit more and support him. I think his hold-up play has been pretty good in pre-season, battling with the centre-halves, and if we can get the boys around him and create some chances, I’m sure we’ll do okay,” he said.

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