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Boss pleased with Collins

16 October 2012

GT on Lee Collins and Reuben Hazell

Graham Turner says he's been happy with the contribution of on loan defender Lee Collins but has yet to explore the possibility of keeping the Barnsley man for longer.
The 24-year-old has impressed since joining Town for a month from the Championship club and was pleased to finish on the winning side for the first time against Walsall last weekend.
"He's done okay and he's probably better as a central defender than a full back, but he can play anywhere across the back," said the manager.
"With losing Darren Jones to illness for the Walsall game, Michael Hector stepped in and just had the one little lapse in the second half but generally did well.
"And, of course, the goalkeeper made a number of good saves and proved to everybody what a good goalkeeper he is."
As for the prospect of trying to keep Telford-born Collins for longer, Graham added: "I've not really thought about it yet. He's obviously not figuring in Barnsley's plans, the fact that they let him out, so we'll see how he feels and how Barnsley feel about the situation getting closer to the expiry date."
One defender headed out of the Greenhous Meadow yesterday with the experienced Reuben Hazell having his contract terminated by mutual consent.
"He didn't play too many games and it was unfortunate he had a bad injury last season," said Graham. "It was a most innocuous thing in the dying seconds against Torquay, a game we were winning, and he spent a lot of time injured and recovering from injury.
"Having been promoted now and looked at the situation, we've got some young central defenders who are vying for a place in the side so I just felt under the circumstances that I would talk to Reuben and point out what my feelings were.
"We reached an amicable agreement and there nothing untoward in anything that took place so he's left the club."

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