Sam Collins: This is my best time at Hartlepool Utd

Sam Collins
Sam Collins

SAM Collins says that the Colin Cooper regime is the best he has worked under in nearly six years at Hartlepool United.

Centre-back Collins, 36, has watched Pools embark on a winning of late from the bench whilst his younger peers produce the goods on a consistent basis in League Two.

Collins also oversees the reserve side, who won 9-0 against Rotherham last night, and did not hesitate in giving a definite answer when quizzed by SportMail if the current spell is his most enjoyable at Victoria Park.

“Yes,” he responded. “People say it’s easy to say that when you’re winning but right from day one we’ve responded.

“The gaffer’s came in, told us what he wanted to do, what he expected from us, and what he would accept and wouldn’t.

“We’ve all bought into it straight away.

“It’s working as well, we’re getting results at first team and reserves level.”

The Yorkshire man has been an ever present face in the Pools line up since joining in January 2008 from Hull City but has not yet witnessed many periods of such winning streaks.

The current feel-good factor is evident everywhere at the club, as he continued: “Everyone’s got a smile on their face, whether at training or at the match.

“The lads look forward to coming into training and everyone wants to be in the first team.”