Collins eyeing prolonged stay

Stoke defender could make Ipswich loan switch permanent

Collins: Eyeing prolonged stay at Portman Road if things go well

Stoke defender Danny Collins is eyeing a prolonged stay at Ipswich if his three-month loan switch goes well.

Collins was omitted from Stoke boss Tony Pulis' final Premier League and Europa League squad lists and moved to the Tractor Boys on Friday to get first team football.

The 31-year-old made his debut in the 2-0 defeat to Blackpool on Saturday and admits he could stay on at Portman Road if things go well.

He said: "I'll obviously see how it goes, if I enjoy it then perhaps I'll look in January at an extension or a permanent move.

"We'll see how it goes in the three months I'm here, but I can't rule it out."

Good reports

Collins revealed several sides were after his signature but he chose Paul Jewell's team after getting good reports from other players.

He told the Green'Un24: "I wanted to stay around Stoke and see how it was going to go.

"I didn't play in the first couple of games and was pretty frustrated to be sat on the bench. I then spoke to the gaffer there and said I wanted to go out on loan and play some football.

"There was Nottingham Forest, Ipswich and one or two others but having already spoken to Paul, he was pretty keen on me coming down here.

"I knew five or six of the boys and asked them about it and they all said what a good club it is."

Push up

"I'll obviously see how it goes, if I enjoy it then perhaps I'll look in January at an extension or a permanent move."

Danny Collins

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Collins is now looking to help Jewell's side push up the Championship after the Tractor Boys have taken six points from their opening six games to sit in 18th in the table.

He added: "It is a fresh start for myself to try and get some games under my belt and do well for Ipswich. The gaffer knows where we need to put things right and we have been out there in training working on that.

"In the Championship if you can put three or four wins together, you can get confidence back. We have got a lot of boys who have played in the top flight.

"There is the experience there and I am sure we can put it into action on Monday night against Coventry."