Homegrown talent Lee Collins happy back at Shrewsbury Town

Should Lee Collins enjoy the same success at Shrewsbury Town as he did on his last footballing experience in Shropshire, then Graham Turner’s men will not go far wrong.

Lee Collins
Lee Collins

As one of the many bright young things to roll off the Thomas Telford School conveyor belt of talent, Collins enjoyed a host of memorable moments in his early football career.

Reading’s Danny Guthrie, and the Bennett brothers – Norwich’s Elliott and Kyle of Doncaster – as well as former Town trainee Ross Draper, now plying his trade north of the border with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, are amongst the players Collins rubbed shoulders with on the school field.

And, as the 24-year-old prepares for his second game since arriving on loan from Barnsley, he would dearly love to come close to emulating the victory ratio he enjoyed at Thomas Telford.

“We won the County Cup every year we were allowed in it,” said Telford-born Collins.

“We were two years below Danny but I had Elliott in my team.

“Kyle was a bit younger but stepped up a couple of times and Ross was in there as well.

“We had quite a few other lads that had been at Shrewsbury and it was good because we never lost. I think we lost one in five years so it was pretty enjoyable.”

Since those memorable school occasions, Collins has spent time with Wolves, Port Vale and Barnsley, with a loan spell with Graham Turner’s Hereford thrown in for good measure.

And, although Town were on the wrong side of the scoreline when they suffered a single goal defeat to Swindon on his debut on Saturday, Telford-born Collins is enjoying returning to his Shropshire roots.

“It’s a great set-up here with great fans,” he added.

“They stuck with us right through to the end on Saturday and they are a great bunch of lads in the dressing room.

“I only came into the club on Friday and I already feel like I’m settling in.”

Collins, however, couldn’t hide his disappointment at Saturday’s outcome when Simon Ferry’s late goal condemned Shrewsbury to their second home reverse in three games.

“I didn’t want to start with a defeat,” he added,

“There were some positives to take out of it but we weren’t really at the races and we conceded a sloppy goal.

“We started slowly second half which was the complete opposite to what we wanted to do. We got back into it and put some pressure on them but they broke and got a goal.”

On his own personal performance, Collins added: “There were some good moments but I was disappointed with my distribution.

“But that will come. It was my first proper 90 minutes of the season so football wise and fitness wise I needed it and hopefully I can kick on tonight. The first thing I thought when I arrived was confidence is quite a big thing here.

“Banter was flying and training was good and it’s a shame come business day on Saturday it didn’t really happen.

“I’m expecting us to bounce back and show the quality in the squad which is clearly there to see.”