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  • "
    Moobs wrote:
    onthebench wrote:
    How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
    What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand
    Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks.
    mm - any mirrors in your house?
    Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner."
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Oxford United sign Michael Collins

Michael Collins

Michael Collins

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MIDFIELDER Michael Collins has become Michael Appleton's first signing for Oxford United.

The 28-year-old is a former under 21 Republic of Ireland international and former captain of Scunthorpe United and was part of their promotion-winning side last season.

He began his career at Huddersfield Town, making more than 200 appearances. He has also played at AFC Wimbledon on loan.

He joins the U's on a one-year deal with an option for a further year.

Appleton believes Collins' experience will be vital.

He said: “We have a young squad and a small squad and we know we need a few experienced additions.

"Michael has played 300 league games, most of them at a higher level, and will bring a little bit of know-how and quality to the squad.

"He is a good player and adds something different to what we currently have in midfield.

"He likes to win the ball back, he can dominate the centre of the park and he has attacking attributes as well so I am delighted that he has joined us.

“He has won promotions, he knows the league and at six foot he has a presence about him as well.

"We will continue to work hard to bring players in and hopefully there will be a few other new faces arriving soon as well.”

Collins said: “I was really impressed by what Michael told me about the club and what the new owners want to happen.

"Something looks to be happening at Oxford and I am excited to be part of it.

"I know one or two of the lads from my time at Scunthorpe and they have told me a lot of good things about the set-up and the fans so I can’t wait to get started now.”

Michael will wear squad number 19 and is likely to play against Oxford City tonight.

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