Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Four clubs in race for Collins

Four clubs are in the chase to sign Portadown's transfer listed midfielder Michael Collins.

Three Irish League sides, in the shape of Ballymena United, Coleraine and Newry City are in the running, as well as Bohemians, whose manager Sean Connor is a long-term admirer of Collins.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed last week that Shamrock Park boss Ronnie McFall had made Collins available for transfer, just a matter of days after being sent-off for the second time this season.

McFall is reluctant to let the player go and even labelled him as 'the best player in his position over the last decade' adding that Collins should have been playing his trade at a much higher level than the Irish League, but has been forced to put his team first.

"Ballymena, Coleraine, Newry and Bohemians have all contacted me and I have asked them to make an offer for Michael Collins," said McFall.

"I think his disciplinary record goes against him, otherwise there would probably be more interest, but there hasn't been a better midfield player in the last decade than Michael Collins and football wise I think he would be better off out of the Irish League.

" He has missed ten matches for us already this season and I can't afford to have a player sitting in the stand.

"When I looked at the squad at the start of the season I thought I was well covered in midfield, but then a couple got injured and Michael was suspended and we ended up short."

Collins is suspended for today's game at home to Larne and is likely to have played his last game for the club.

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