New Signing enjoying life with the U's
- Oxford United boss Michael Appleton's First Signing was midfielder Michael Collins
- The former Scunthorpe and Huddersfield player made his debut at Oxford City
- "Something special happening here" he tells Yellow Player
Michael Appleton’s first signing, midfielder Michael Collins swiftly showed what he is all about as he went straight into the side for an hour at Oxford City on Tuesday night having only signed for the club a few hours before.
The former Huddersfield and Scunthorpe schemer impressed on his debut and believes there are exciting times ahead for the club as they prepare for the Sky Bet League 2 season.
“Having spoken to the Manager and the Chief Executive there is something special happening here and I’m excited to be part of it” he told Yellow Player.” I like to get on the ball and keep things ticking, basically allowing the forward players to go on while I do the setting up work in behind. The lads have made me feel welcome and I’m looking forward to it and am excited about what is going to happen here this season.”
The 28-year-old former Republic of Ireland international helped Scunthorpe win promotion from this division last season and was in demand from a lot of other clubs, but knows the way that Oxford are building and is keen to play a major part over the coming months:
“It was always a case of me looking for the right club because I am ambitious, and Oxford certainly ticks that box for me. Every team at the start of pre-season backs themselves for promotion; even those that have been in relegation fights the year before think it might happen! But I genuinely believe that it can happen here.
“ The Manager is ambitious and has worked at a higher level, and has that experience which will have helped him. Hopefully this club, and myself as a player, can benefit from that. I spoke to him about the plans to move the club forward and I think those will become evident over the coming months.
“It’s nice to be part of that now and to be involved in the games. I can’t wait for the season to get under way.”
- See the full interview, only in Yellow Player
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