10:00am Friday 6th July 2012
By Sam Morshead
JAMES Collins will take a brace of goals on debut, whoever happens to be the opponents.
The striker, recruited from Shrewsbury over the summer, netted for the first and second time in a Swindon Town shirt yesterday evening to set the Robins en route to a thumping 9-1 win over a local select XI at their pre-season training base near Lake Garda.
Town’s opposition was a mixture of current and former professionals and young non-league talent, but struggled to match Swindon’s superior fitness and ability.
However, having scored twice in eight first-half minutes, Collins stressed that a prolific pre-season will have him better prepared for the new campaign than a lean one.
“Every game you play you want to score and win the game. To be honest I didn’t think they were too bad,” he said.
“They were older than us but they gave us a good game and obviously the quality and the fitness came out in the end.
“To get off the mark as early as possible is good and settled the mood for the lads and we just went out and played.
“It was a great ball in from Gary, and obviously the wide players we’ve got here put in great crosses, so you couldn’t do anything else but tap it in really so I was grateful for that.
“As a striker that’s what you’re recognised for - your goals - and if you can score five, six or seven in pre-season it sets you in good stead for the start of the season.
“Pre-season people look at as though it’s not important, but if you score you enter the season on a high.”
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