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Neill Collins
Personal information
Full name Neill William Collins
Date of birth 2 September 1983 (1983-09-02) (age 26)
Place of birth Troon, Scotland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Preston North End
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Queen's Park 32 (0)
2002–2004 Dumbarton 63 (4)
2004–2007 Sunderland 18 (1)
2005–2006 Hartlepool United (loan) 22 (0)
2006 Sheffield United (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 3 (1)
2007–2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers 81 (8)
2009–2010 Preston North End (loan) 16 (0)
2010– Preston North End 5 (1)
National team
2005 Scotland U21 7 (0)
2007 Scotland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:51, 8 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Neill William Collins (born 2 September 1983) is a Scottish football defender who plays for Championship side Preston North End.



Collins, born in Troon, Scotland, began his career with Scottish amateur club, Queen's Park, moving to Dumbarton after two seasons. During his stay at the Strathclyde Homes Stadium, Collins became popular with the fans and had a spell as captain and was key to the Sons' battle to stay in the Second Division. During his time there he had trials with Falkirk, Hibernian, Rangers and Charlton Athletic.[1][2]

He left Dumbarton for Sunderland in August 2004,[3] for a fee of £25,000, and made 11 appearances during the first season as the club won promotion to the Premier League as champions. He never appeared in the top flight for them though, after being loaned out to, first, League One Hartlepool United,[4] then Championship promotion hopefuls Sheffield United,[5] during the 2005–06 season.

He returned to the Sunderland team at the start of the following campaign, but was forced to play in the unfamiliar role of right-back after injuries to team-mates Stephen Wright and Nyron Nosworthy. The defender was soon sent out on loan by the club's recently-appointed manager Roy Keane, whereupon he reunited with his former boss Mick McCarthy at Wolves.[6]

After his loan expired, Collins joined Wolves permanently in January 2007 for a fee of £150,000.[7] He was a regular starter for the rest of the season as the club reached the Championship play-offs. The 2007–08 season saw the side miss out on the play-offs on goal difference with Collins again playing regularly.

Collins started 2008–09 strongly with Wolves but was knocked out of the first team with the loan arrival of Michael Mancienne from Chelsea. When Mancienne returned to Chelsea in the New Year, Collins returned to the side, partnering Richard Stearman. He contributed several important goals during this period, but was soon ousted from the side again after receiving a red card for dissent at Reading and the addition of Scottish international Christophe Berra. He remained out of the side for the remainder of the season as the club were promoted to the Premier League as champions and was transfer listed by the club in July 2009.[8]

Early in the 2009–10 season Collins was loaned out to Championship side Preston North End, a move made permanent when he signed a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee on 5 January 2010.[9]

Collins although capped at Under 21 and B Level for Scotland has recently revealed that he may consider playing for Wales if the call came. Collins qualifies through his father. "After spending so long in the welsh valleys as a young boy it kind of became my second home. It wasn't until recently that I actually thought, Hang on a minute, I could actually play for the red of Wales one day and make the Collins family very proud."



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