Collins didn’t even train!

PAUL Jewell has not ruled out the possibility of signing new loan recruit, Danny Collins, on a future long-term deal.

PAUL Jewell has not ruled out the possibility of signing new loan recruit, Danny Collins, on a future long-term deal.

The performance of debutant defender Collins, in a 2-0 defeat at Blackpool, was one of the very few bright spots of an otherwise dismal day for Ipswich Town.

An impressive away following, which numbered more than 1,600, witnessed another below-par display from Town, who had no answer to goals from Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Barry Ferguson inside the first 16 minutes of the second half.

Centre-half Collins, snapped up a three-month loan from Stoke City just 24 hours before kick-off, delivered a man-of-the-match performance.


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It was even more impressive when considered that Collins had not even had time to train with his new teams-mates.

Jewell explained: “We had been trying for a while to get Danny Collins.

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“But he couldn’t even train with us yesterday (Friday), because of paperwork, bureaucracy and red tape.

“We couldn’t get clearance until 4pm yesterday afternoon, so I think it just shows you how well he did, even without training with the team.

“I think Danny has come in today and been terrific,” added Jewell.

With regards Collins’ potential long-term future, and the possibility of extending his stay beyond January, Jewell continued: “I think we are looking at it as a loan to start with.

“But if he does as well as he has done today, then we will certainly be interested.”

Welsh international Collins has made 50 appearances for Stoke in the Premier League, following his �2.75m move from Sunderland two years ago, but he is not even in Tony Pulis’ 25-man Premier League squad for the first half of this season.

Town are down in 18th spot, after crashing to their fourth defeat in six Championship games at Blackpool.

They do not play again until next Monday evening, when they entertain Coventry City.

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