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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Carlisle Utd keeper Adam Collin: This is our best chance of glory

Cumbrian keeper Adam Collin reckons this is his best chance yet of achieving League One glory with Carlisle United after declaring the division “wide open”.

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Adam Collin

United launch their latest bid for honours with a clash against Stevenage today (Lamex Stadium, 3pm).

And Collin believes League One is there for the taking this year because it will be a more level playing-field with fewer big-spenders. Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield are no longer around and while the division still retains some big-hitters, Carlisle’s keeper insists the Blues have a better opportunity of going the distance.

“We want to be in there, to get off to a great start, get some early points on the board and get the ball rolling,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of games coming up in a very busy period and if you do things right you can very quickly pick up a lot of points and find yourself in the top six.

“I think the league is wide open this year. The teams coming down will still be strong and the likes of Swindon have come up and spent money. But there aren’t as many really big teams in the division now and it’s wide open for us.”

Collin started 2012/13 with a clean sheet in Carlisle’s Capital One Cup win against Accrington last weekend.

It was a positive start to a campaign in which the 27-year-old hopes Greg Abbott’s side will not be so generous to opponents.

Collin agrees United conceded too many goals last term and believes a more settled defensive line can help the Blues tighten up.

And they can lay down an early marker today in Hertfordshire against the side that pipped them to the play-offs in 2011/12.

“The gaffer is putting a big emphasis on clean-sheets this year,” said former Workington Reds keeper Collin, from Great Salkeld. “We did chop and change the back four a lot last year and you do need it to be settled, although it’s about the whole team.

“The new lads, Brad [Potts] and Al [Bugno] will have to get used to League One and hopefully they can do that – they have been great in pre-season.

“The likes of Mike Edwards, Peter Murphy and Danny Livesey know the division like the back of their hands and it’s just a case of working as a solid unit.”

Abbott must decide whether to reward 18-year-old Potts with his league debut today or restore Frank Simek to the right-back position. Frontman Danny Cadamarteri is in the squad and pushing for his debut after overcoming a hamstring injury.

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