Hartlepool Utd captain on the bench for Carlisle Utd clash

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SKIPPER Sam Collins will have to settle for a place on the bench at Carlisle United tomorrow.

And boss Mick Wadsworth believes that’s a sign of how far Pools have come this season.

Collins has missed the last three matches because of a slight hamstring complaint but returned to training this week and is available for the trip to Cumbria.

But the 33-year-old will take his place among the substitutes at Brunton Park with new signing Stephen Wright and Peter Hartley set to continue at the heart of the defence.

And Wadsworth explained: “Sam is going to be fit, which is good news and he trained yesterday.

“But Stephen Wright came in last week and did very, very well and we have to look at the situation and see if we have to do anything.

“Sam knows the situation and if he can’t get straight back into the team it’s good plaudits to those who are in the team.

“Perhaps it is a marker, Sam is a key player – captain – and if he has to bide his time to get back in the team, and I’m not saying that’s the case yet, then it’s a good sign and Sam understands it.”

See Pools’ team for the game in Friday’s Mail