Oakwell new boy determined to prove he can make the step up

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NEW signing Lee Collins is ready to step up to the Championship and prove his worth.

The versatile Port Vale defender has joined the Reds on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move.

The 23-year-old could make his debut at home to high-flying Reading at Oakwell this afternoon.

“It’s a massive step up for me, so I’m very happy,” revealed Collins. “It’s two steps up from League Two, but I’ve always aspired to play in the Championship.

“I can play anywhere at the back and can use both feet. I’m quick.

“But I don’t want to say too much because I’d like to do my talking on the pitch.”

Collins trained with the Reds squad this week and revealed he has been warmly welcomed into the Oakwell fold.

“The lads have been brilliant with me; a lot of them have come up to me and made me feel very welcome,” he added.

“I played with Rob Edwards at Wolves and I’ve played with Matt Done a couple of times, so there were some familiar faces for me.

“I want to prove that I can be a solid defender and do my job. I want to help the team keep a few clean sheets and hopefully score a few goals.

“It would be a bonus if I scored, but my main priority is keeping those clean sheets.

“I’m mentally and physically prepared and it would be great to make my debut.

“There’s a lot of brilliant teams in this league with the likes of Southampton and West Ham.

“The Championship isn’t too far away from the Premier League, so this is a big challenge for me. I can’t wait.”

n Chris Dagnall has joined Bradford City on loan to the end of the season

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