Belfast Telegraph

Monday 30 November 2015

Bohs set to offer Collins a full-time switch

By Alex McGreevy

Published 20/11/2007

Michael Collins will be offered a chance to play football in a full-time basis by Eircom League club Bohemians this week.

The Portadown midfielder was told last week he could leave Shamrock Park after manager Ronnie McFall's patience ran out when he received a second red card of the season during the recent Carnegie Irish Premier League defeat to Lisburn Distillery.

McFall, who will reluctantly part with one of the best midfield players in the league, said the Belfast man would be " better off" finding a new club.

But with the player facing a new suspension, having already served a six match ban he received for pushing referee Alan Black during a CIS Cup in August.

But Bohemians will face competition north of the border with Coleraine, Donegal Celtic and Newry City all set to declare an interest in Collins.

A Bohemians source said: "It's time for Michael Collins to quit Belfast and quit the Irish League. He has four to five good years left in him and he will be on top of his game if he takes the chance to become a full-time professional.

"Bohemians want him and it would be the best move at this time in his career. His card is well and truly marked in the Irish League."

Father of three Collins recently claimed he was specifically targeted by opposing managers who would instruct players to get him sent-off.

It is believed Collins has told close friends that he no longer wants to travel and would prefer a move to a Belfast club.

That may interest his former club Cliftonville.

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