LEE COLLINS SIGNS FOR FOREST GREEN
Forest Green make first League 2 signing
forestgreenroversfc.com, Thursday 18 May 2017
Forest Green Rovers have made their first signing as a League Two club with former Mansfield Town, Northampton Town and Port Vale defender Lee Collins penning a two-year deal with the club.
The 28-year-old brings more than 320 games worth of Football League experience to The New Lawn, having made over 360 appearances in all competitions, including 82 over the last two seasons at Mansfield.
Primarily a central defender, Collins can play across the back or as a defensive midfielder.
Forest Green manager Mark Cooper said: “Lee was a target that we identified early, he’s played a lot of games and got promotion from the league we’re going into.
“He’s a good defender - solid, strong, powerful, mobile - tidy on the ball. Fits the profile of what we’re after and more importantly he’s a good character, gives us that steel in the changing room."
As Forest Green’s first Football League signing, Lee Collins said: “I’m honoured, it’s really humbling and I’m glad to be on-board.
“Everyone in the Football League knew Forest Green would get to the League at some stage, and thankfully they did it this year.
"This club is going places, any footballer who gets interest from this club should be flattered.
"The dream of what the chairman and manager want to do here was to good to turn down."
Asked about what he will bring to The New Lawn, Collins said: "I’ve got plenty of experience; I like a tackle, a header, I like to get on the ball and play.”
With clashes against Swindon, Exeter, Cheltenham, Yeovil and Newport coming up, he said: "Nothing beats a derby day and we’ve got four or five coming up this season, with the fans here right on top of you next to the pitch, it will be great."