HARTLEPOOL United defender Sam Collins has signed a new contract with the club.
The 36-year-old was out of contract this summer but has put pen to paper on a new deal which will also see him take on the role of assistant first and reserve team coach at the Sky Bet League Two club for the 2014/15 campaign.
While Collins has joined manager Colin Cooper’s coaching team for the new season, he will also remain part of the playing squad.
Collins told the club’s website: “This was an opportunity too good to turn down and I couldn’t wait to come in and get it all finalised and signed.
“And finally that day has come and I can’t wait to get started now.”
The veteran defender has spent the past six years at The Vic after arriving at Pools from Hull City on the final day of the January 2008 transfer window.
Strong as an Ox, the big defender quickly became a firm favourite amongst supporters in the centre-back role.
Collins came through the ranks at Huddersfield Town before moving on to Bury and then Port Vale where he made more than 150 appearances.
A move to Hull City marked the next stage in his career but a knee injury hampered his progress with The Tigers and he was eventually allowed to move on to Victoria Park after interest from then-boss Danny Wilson.
Collins has proved a leader on and off the field and has captained the side during his time in the north-east – but whether he has the armband on or not, you can always count on him giving his all for the cause.
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