Hibs’ James Collins aims to catch out defences

James Collins - Hibs new signing, 31/07/2013 'Photography from:  Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388
James Collins - Hibs new signing, 31/07/2013 'Photography from: Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388
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Hibs new boy James Collins today claimed taking a step into the unknown can only help him get among the goals for the Easter Road outfit as he catches other SPFL Premiership sides by surprise.

The 22-year-old revealed he’d never even been in Edinburgh before arriving to pen a three-year deal 
after Hibs agreed a fee – reported to be in the region of £200,000 – with English club Swindon Town, but he’s ready to make the most of his “mystery” tag.

He said: “Every team I play this year will be a first. I will not know what to expect because I have not played against them, it’s all new and foreign to me but the other side of the coin is they won’t know what to expect either.

“Hopefully I can give them a few surprises.”

Collins, who is set for his debut in Sunday’s opening match against Motherwell with fellow new arrival Rowan Vine suspended, is fully aware there will be inevitable comparisons made by fans to Leigh Griffiths and his 28-goal haul.

But, he insisted, that won’t worry him in the slightest, a statement made with the knowledge that he himself scored 18 times in a season when he spent much of his time on the bench for the Robins, stepping from it on one memorable occasion to strike four times in only half-an-hour against 
Portsmouth.

He said: “It was quite surreal but at the same time a great feeling. It was one of those days when everything went right for me. They don’t come around too often, so when they do you have to enjoy them.

“I know Leigh did really well but it’s not a burden on my shoulders for fans to make comparisons, that’s football and supporters will always look on players to better what they had before. I was quite happy with my 18 goals last season. I always try to do better than I did the previous season so if I can do that with Hibs then I’ll again be happy.

“I like to score goals, I like to link up play, to get out wide and to get myself into the box in good goal-scoring areas. I believe if I can get in to good areas I can finish.

“This is a massive club, there are big expectations for this season and hopefully I can help fulfil them.”