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NEWS: Collins pens new deal

27 January 2017

Midfielder to remain with Orient until end of the season

The club are delighted to confirm that midfielder Michael Collins has extended his stay in E10, signing a new deal which will run until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old put pen-to-paper on a short-term contract with the O's in October, and has since gone on to become an integral part of the midfield.

Having made his debut against Crewe on October 29, the former Republic of Ireland youth international has gone to make a total of 12 appearances for the club and will now remain a part of Andy Edwards' squad for the rest of the 2016-17 campaign.

Speaking on signing a new deal with the club, Collins told leytonorient.com; "There was one or two alternative options that came up but having been here now for three months and got a feel for the place I am happy to be staying.

"As I’ve said previously I have got every faith and every belief in the manager and that is the main reason why I have agreed to stay. I fully believe in both Andy and Webby, and they have certainly got the knowhow to get us out of this situation.

"I love a challenge and there a lot of people on the outside writing us off and pointing a finger at the club but that doesn’t really matter to me. As professionals we have to concentrate on ourselves and I think we have got enough bodies within the group who have that mentally," he added.

"People can write us off but that did not affect my decision, and having sat down with my family to discuss the options that were on the table I decided that right now I want to take on this challenge and help the club pull away from where it is."


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