Striker James Collins finally unveiled at Hibs

James Collins says he has made the move from Wiltshire to Edinburgh. Picture: Getty Images
James Collins says he has made the move from Wiltshire to Edinburgh. Picture: Getty Images
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Hibs today finally announced they have signed Swindon Town striker James Collins - five days after the player himself announced he was heading for Easter Road.

As previously reported, Collins has signed a three-year deal for what was described as an “undisclosed sum,” although a fee of £200,000 has been widely quoted.

The 22-year-old, who started his career with Aston Villa, said: “I’m really excited about joining Hibs and playing in the Scottish Premiership. It will be a new challenge for me and I’m aiming to adapt quickly and to score goals for the team. 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.”

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon revealed Collins has been a long-term target having had him watched since he was with Shrewsbury. Fenlon said: “He is a bright, lively striker and has been brought to the club to score goals. He will add further quality to our forward line.”