Grimsby Town defender Danny Collins says he’s looking forward to returning to Sky Bet League Two action, following a two-week lay-off with a head injury.
The 37-year-old suffered concussion in the Mariners’ 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town at Blundell Park earlier this month, and he’s available to play in Saturday’s home clash with Exeter City (3pm).
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “I’m feeling fine. A couple of weeks lay-off with the ruling from the FA and a concussion, but I’ve got over it now and it’s nice to be back on the training pitch.
“Apparently I went back on for 10 minutes, which I can’t remember. I couldn’t remember who we were playing and I couldn’t remember that we were 1-0 up at the time.
“I felt okay after that. Perhaps Sunday morning I had a bit of a headache, but since then I’ve felt fine and just been chomping at the bit to get back down here and on the training pitch.”
The defender emphasised the importance of the experienced players in the Town squad, ahead of the Mariners final 12 league games of the season.
“We’ve got a lot of young lads who are fresh not only to football but the EFL, and it’s a learning curve for them
“Myself, Nathan Clarke, Ben Davies, James McKeown – the experienced lads, we’ve got to be voices around the place just to try and keep the heads up.
“As a group we’ve got to look at ourselves – our performances haven’t been good enough, and that’s why we find ourselves where we are.
“When you go 1-0 down, a few too many heads seem to be going down – you’ve got a long time left in the game to put it right.
“But unfortunately we’ve started conceding goals, and we’ve not been scoring enough. But thankfully we’ve got a lot of games to go still, and we’ve got to play the teams around us,” he said.
Town are winless in three league games against Paul Tisdale’s men since Collins’ Blundell Park arrival last season, and the defender hopes to exact revenge on the Grecians.
He said: “They’ve had a couple of good results against us in the last couple of seasons. They beat us 2-0 down at their place, so it’d be nice for us to turn that around.
“And certainly, you don’t want a team coming to your own patch and picking up three points.
“They’re on their way back up. They had a good win mid-week against Crewe, so they’ll be confident.”