Sam Collins says Hartlepool United have already fired a warning to their League One rivals – now he wants to show the rest of the nation how far they’ve come.
In negotiating the first nine games of the campaign without defeat, Mick Wadsworth’s men, in the midst of a club-record start, shot as high as third in the table.
That courted outside interest and, in the same week that the club were subject of a feature on the BBC’s Football League Show, both manager Wadsworth and goalkeeper Scott Flinders have been shortlisted for the division’s monthly awards.
And, this Sunday at Notts County, Pools will have the chance to showcase their progress to a national audience, the Meadow Lane clash taking Sky Sports’ prime-time slot.
For Collins, the stalwart skipper, it is an opportunity to impress not only his watching kids back home in Yorkshire, but also those casual observers who have not yet taken note of the club’s renaissance under Wadsworth.
“It’s on Sky TV and it’s an added incentive for us to do well,” he admitted when he spoke to SportMail today.
“I’ve played on TV a lot and made my debut for Huddersfield in a live game at Oldham and it is a bigger deal at this level.”
Read Sam’s comments in full in today’s Sportmail.