JAMES COLLINS is hoping that his switch to Hibs will boost his chances of an international call-up.
The striker, who has joined Hibs from Swindon Town on a three-year deal, is keen to catch the eye of Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
Collins has been capped at both Under-19 and Under-21 level for his country and believes that moving from English football’s League One – their third tier – to the top flight in Scotland will improve his chances of a senior cap.
But he insisted that his priority will be to get on the scoresheet on a regular basis with his new side first. Collins said: “I’m moving from the third tier in English football to the top tier in Scotland, which is quite a big step, but I’m confident I can make an impact and settle in quickly.
“It would be a dream come true if I was called up, but first and foremost I need to start well with Hibs, stay fit and score goals.
“I’m going to give everything I can to help the team to do well in the Scottish Premiership and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Easter Road crowd.”
Collins revealed on Twitter last week that he had agreed a deal to move to Easter Road, but Hibs only made the news official yesterday.