STRIKER James Collins believes the new style of play Hibs are set to adopt under Terry Butcher will help him hit the goal trail.
The Easter Road club shelled out a six-figure sum to bring the 22-year-old from Swindon in the summer, but he has endured a difficult start to his time in Edinburgh, with only two goals from his 14 appearances so far.
However, he is hopeful that Butcher’s insistence on getting the ball into the danger area quicker will provide him with plenty of opportunities in front of goal.
“He came in last week and from day one has told us and drilled into us what he wants and how he wants us to play,” said Collins. “He’s worked on us on the training ground and there’s a spark with the boys now.
“Everyone wants to impress him and do well, so there’s a good feel about the group. He’s got different ideas from the previous manager. I feel the way we’re going to play now can win us a lot of games.
“Whether it’s in the formation or in that he wants to get in behind teams early, the manager has pinpointed changes he wants. He wants us to push up the park and a lot more attacking crosses into the box, shots, goals scored.
“He’s drilled that into us in the past week and obviously he wants us to work harder than the opposition, which we’ve been working on as well.
“Strikers need opportunities to get the ball into the net, so when you’ve got a manager that wants to get the ball into the box as often as possible then, as a striker, you can’t ask for any more.”
Collins feels Butcher’s natural ebullience has provided the Hibs players – who have lost their last four games – with a much-needed lift.
However, the English forward has already fallen victim to one of the new initiatives brought in by Butcher to boost training-ground morale.
“The gaffer’s got a great sense of humour. He has a laugh with the boys,” explained Collins. “We have meetings and we have things like the worst player in training has to make the coffees for the staff.
“Little bits like that get the team morale going and get everyone wanting to work hard and do well for the manager.
“I’ve had to make the coffees once.
“Me and Owain Tudur Jones made it because it was a split decision.
“That sort of stuff is always good for the team spirit. It’s a good set of lads here and I think they’re all an honest, hard-working bunch.”