Sam Collins set for Hartlepool United reserve-team role

Sam Collins at Whitby Town

Sam Collins at Whitby Town

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SAM Collins looks set for a role with Hartlepool United’s reserves this season.

The 36-year-old was involved during the warm-up ahead of Tuesday night’s 5-0 win at Billingham Town and watched the game from the dugout.

Collins told SportMail last week that he was keen to lend his experience to the club’s youngsters and that the second-string position did appeal to him.

And assistant boss Craig Hignett has today confirmed that the Pools defender could well take on a more active role at reserve-team level.

“On Tuesday we just said to Sam ‘come along, get involved and see if it’s for you’,” he explained.

“We’d like Sam to get involved a little bit.

“Myself and Colin (Cooper) know what it’s like when you’re playing but getting a little bit older.

“Sam wants to coach and is willing in that respect.

“He’s a good lad as well and is good for the younger players to learn from.

“Tuesday was just for him to have a little look and see if he fancies it.”

Indeed, Collins is sure to jump at the chance given his desire to move into coaching and management beyond his playing days.

“It is something I would love to do,” he said earlier this month.

“I want to be a coach and I want to be a manager when I finish.

“I’ve only got one more badge to get and, of course, I’ve been involved at Hull City with the under-16s.

“So if Colin asked me to be involved then I’d say ‘yes’ straight away.”