Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Newry City ready to upset the big boys, insists Collins

Newry City star Michael Collins feels that his side are going to cause plenty of problems for opposition teams in the JJB Sports Premiership this season.

The ex-Portadown midfielder was speaking after his man of the match performance in the 1-0 victory over another of his former sides, Cliftonville, at The Showgrounds on Saturday — a goal from Stephen Garrett (pictured) sealing the win.

Collins was superb at the heart of the back four for the second week in a row as he continues to fill in for the currently injured Cullen Feeney.

More renowned for bossing the midfield, Collins is happy to play wherever boss Gerry Flynn sees fit as City aim for silverware this season.

“I actually find playing at centre-back easier but I don’t always like doing it because you have to defend for 90 minutes and one mistake and it’s a goal,” admits Collins.

“In midfield, if you give the ball away, you have your defence to cover you. But I’ll play wherever the manager tells me to play. We’ve got the nucleus of a great team here and the hard work is starting to pay off now. I just really want to be part of it. If I can help it along by working hard myself then it will carry through the team.”

Flynn has admitted that he was possibly a bit naive in his first full season in management last campaign, but Collins, a former team-mate of Flynn’s at Cliftonville, says that was to be expected.

“That’s going to come with the territory,” he said. “He’s only just come in to management but he has a good crew with him Peter Murray and now Stephen Beatty. That’s a good set-up to have.

“You can see that there is a bit of belief there that we can actually do something. Gerry wouldn’t have brought the players in that he has done if he didn’t think that they could do a job for him.”

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