Hibernian have finally confirmed that forward James Collins is joining the club from Swindon for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old, who told the press about his move to Edinburgh hours before Hibernian were humbled 0-7 by Malmo FF, has again spoken of his excitement at the move.
“I’m really excited about joining Hibs and playing in the Scottish Premiership.
“It will be a new challenge for me and I’m aiming to adapt quickly and to score goals for the team.
“Once the bid to Swindon was accepted, the manager showed me the stadium and training centre and it was a real eye-opener; I didn’t realise just how big the club is.
“So it was a really easy decision for me to make and now I’m just targeting a good run of games in the side and to score some goals.” He said.
Since Hibs lost Leigh Griffiths and Eoin Doyle to League One and Two respectably, Pat Fenlon has been searching high and low for someone to add goals to his team.
Fenlon said: “We’ve been watching James since he was at Shrewsbury, so we’re really pleased to be able to add a quality striker like him to the squad.
“He is a bright, lively striker and he has been brought to the club to score goals. He will add further quality to our forward line.”
Despite making what he believes to be a move higher in the world of football, Collins feels he can make an impact: “I’m moving from the third tier in English football to the top tier in Scotland, which is quite a big step, but I’m confident I can make an impact and settle in quickly.”
Collins has received caps at under-19 and under-21 level Republic of Ireland, however, he is yet to make the senior squad. The ex-Aston Villa trainee hopes that by scoring goals with Hibs he can eventually take to the international scene.
“That would be a dream come true if I was called up, but first and foremost I need to start well with Hibs, stay fit and score goals.
“I’m going to give everything I can to help the team to do well in the Scottish Premiership and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Easter Road crowd.”
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