Michael Collins targets consistency after starting to repay Scunthorpe United's faith
MASTERLY midfielder Michael Collins believes he is finally starting to produce his best form in a Scunthorpe United shirt - and repay the faith of the club and fans in the process.
Collins, 26, has been an ever present in 2013, proving one of the Iron's most consistent performers during a run of only two defeats in nine games.
He has excelled in a box-to-box midfield role, never shirking a tackle as well as also being neat and tidy in his distribution.
But given such praise comes on the back of a stop-start first two years at Glanford Park - Collins was signed from Huddersfield Town by Nigel Adkins in the summer of 2010 - he accepts such performances have been overdue.
30% off on our collection range and other selected fabrics. alternatively call 809887 and we will bring our samples to you for our friendly hassle free quote.
Contact: 01472 809887
Valid until: Saturday, July 13 2013
“I’ve been very pleased with my form in the past couple of months," said Collins, who spent a year on the sidelines with tendinopathy and an Achilles problem before his return to action last October.
"But, as I’ve said on many occasions, since I came to this club, hands up, I admit I’ve not quite repaid the faith that was put in me.
“In recent weeks I think I’ve shown I’m a person who cares – that what goes on does bother me.
“I want to show people that I’m proud to be at this football club and the only way I can do that is by putting in performances on the pitch.
“Recently I’ve been happy with my form. But I can’t get carried away with five or six games. The way you repay someone’s faith is by doing it consistently over the length of a season.
“Between now and the end of the season I have to make sure I keep my standards high and keep my performance levels up.
“When the fans like those at Yeovil (a 3-0 defeat last weekend) pay hard-earned money to come and watch us, the least we can do is give 100 per cent.
“That’s all I’ve tried to do, give 100 per cent in every game. If I play well, fair enough, if I don’t, at least I can hold my hands up and say I gave it my all."
Even though, according to Collins, they were up against one of the 'better teams' they've faced in League One this season, the midfielder was disappointed with his side's collective display at Yeovil.
It is not though a performance United will dwell on as they prepare to host Pools, especially given they learned a valuable lesson at Huish Park.
“Whether we got a little bit ahead of ourselves and thought that after the three wins we’d just turn up at Yeovil and give them a go without fully committing ourselves, I don’t know," added the Yorkshireman, who is out of contract this summer.
“But we realise now I think that if we don’t give 100 per cent, we’re unfortunately not good enough to be able to match every team in this division.
“As a team we have to be at the races every game. But we can only affect what happens now, starting on Saturday."