Barnsley sign defender Collins

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PORT Vale defender Lee Collins has had a successful medical at Barnsley today and will sign on loan at the Championship club tomorrow until the end of the season.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Reds’ director Don Rowing said: “He’s passed his medical and will sign his contract tomorrow.

“The loan deal is with view to a permanent move at the end of the season, so we’ll have to wait until then to see if we do keep him for longer.”

Collins, aged 23, started his career with Wolves in 2004 but never made a first-team appearance at Molineux before a 16-game loan spell at Hereford United followed in November 2007.

The versatile left-back and centre-back helped Hereford win promotion to League One in that season - and then joined the Valiants on an initial loan deal, which eventually developed into a permanent switch.

Since then Collins has played over 150 times for Vale, but this season has struggled with injuries.

A hernia operation saw him sidelined for a few weeks at the start of the season, followed by a groin injury and more recently ankle problems.