Brentford transfer means third summer move for Collins
On 24th June two years ago, Nathan Collins became a Burnley player having signed from Stoke City on a four-year deal with the option of a fifth year in the club’s favour.
It wasn’t to be four years. Having made nineteen Premier League appearances for us, thirteen of them in the run in following Ben Mee’s injury, he moved on just a year and eighteen days later. His destination was Wolves for whom he signed a five-year deal with an option for a sixth year.
He went straight into the Wolves team and went on to play twenty-six times for them in the Premier League. Nineteen of those were starts but significantly there were to be only two starts and seven substitute appearances after mid-January when he lost his place following the signing of Craig Dawson from West Ham.
Even so, aged just twenty-two, it was a surprise that Wolves were willing to part with him but they’ve done just that with Collins moving to Brentford, his third move in successive summers where he has signed a six-year deal.
Manager Thomas Frank said after breaking the club record by paying £23 million for Collins: “I’m very pleased that we’ve managed to sign Nathan. He’s a very talented centre-back and still young. He has a lot of very good abilities that we value a lot. He’s a composed and calm defender. His heading in both boxes is a big thing, both in open play and from set-pieces, which is massive in the Premier League.
“I also like his ability on the ball. He can carry the ball out of defence and also has the composure to find the right pass during build-up play. His character is really good, and we know that character is everything. He will fit into our culture, I have no doubt about that. I see leadership potential in Nathan. He’s a perfect Brentford player, hungry and ambitious with a desire to learn.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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