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Ex-Carlisle United keeper Collin still determined to play at higher level

Cumbrian Adam Collin insists he can rebuild his career after his release by Carlisle United – and is convinced he can still play at a higher level.

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Adam Collin

The goalkeeper is searching for a new club after he was among seven players to be axed by the Blues this week.

Collin was a victim of Mark Gillespie’s rise in the 2012/13 season, and the man from Great Salkeld believes his successor has a big future.

But Collin himself says he is determined to get his career back on track and hopes his four years of experience at Brunton Park will stand him in good stead.

“I don’t have to prove to anybody that I can play in League One,” he said. “I’ve played 150 games here, I think that’s proof enough that I can play, and I still believe I can play at a higher level, whether that’s the Championship, SPL or wherever.

“It’s a target I set myself and I’ll work hard to try and get there.”

Collin, 28, admits Greg Abbott’s decision not to renew his contract did not come as a major surprise after he lost his place to highly-rated Gillespie.

But the former Workington Reds man said he has already attracted some tentative interest from other clubs, though he is prepared to be patient in order to make the right move.

“It wasn’t really a big shock,” Collin said. “At the end of the day I was sitting on the bench a lot last season, and I need to play football.

“It’s obviously not nice to leave and I didn’t really want to leave, but circumstances are that I have to leave and I’ll move on and get on with it.

“A goalkeeper’s prime age is between 28 and 35. I’ve gone from playing every week to not playing, and it’s been really tough. The manager understands that, he’s been good with me. Now it’s time to start a new chapter, go somewhere else and move on.

“I made some good friends at the club and it’s difficult to say goodbye, but you have to get on with it.”

Collin was joined in Monday’s exodus by legend Peter Murphy, with Frank Simek, JP McGovern, Rory Loy, Mathieu Manset and Andy Welsh also released by the Cumbrians.

Matty Robson was offered a two-year contract, one-year terms tabled to Lee Miller, Josh Todd and Paul Thirlwell, with Danny Livesey also considering a one-year offer which was triggered by an appearance clause.

Manager Abbott, expected to sign his own new one-year contract in the coming days, has a major rebuilding job and has been away from the club on scouting missions for most of the week.

Collin says he leaves United with some great memories, including Wembley victory in the 2011 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and his penalty saves against Leeds the previous year.

“I’ve come from playing semi-pro at Workington to playing 150 games, Wembley twice, playing against some big teams like Leeds United, Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday,” he added. “It’s been a total transformation over four years which is brilliant for me, a great experience, and hopefully something I can take on and get some more memories along the way.

“When I came in for the Yeovil game [in March] and was dropped straight away, that put the final nail in the coffin and showed me exactly where I stood at the club. So from then on I trained until the end of the season, and got looking at my options.

“My agent’s working hard, I’ve got a couple of things that might come off in the next week or two but other than that I will just wait and see. I’m quite patient and I have to make sure I choose the right option for everyone connected with me and take it from there.

“I’ve been proud to play for my local club and have always got on well with the fans – they’ve been great with me. It’s difficult to move on but it’s something I have to do.”

On Gillespie, Collin added: “He texted me wishing me all the best and I replied to say good luck. He’s got a lot of ability and if he keeps plugging away he’ll play at a higher level.”

Have your say

An excellent keeper with all the attributes to make it at a higher level than league one. I confidently predict that Adam will take over the "Paddy Madden/Glenn Murray - one that got away" mantle.

Posted by Brian on 6 May 2013 at 10:15

You don't play every week for 150 games without being good. Adam should find another team soon in league one at least and possibly championship.
He's too talented to drop down a league.

All the best for the future Adam and i hope it turns out to be a bright one. Thanks for your services to Carlisle United and its supporters.

Posted by David on 4 May 2013 at 12:35

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