Former Aston Villa, Swindon and Shrewsbury striker joins Crawley Town

Cobblers V Wycombe Wanderers. 'James Collins. NNL-160222-012220009
Cobblers V Wycombe Wanderers. 'James Collins. NNL-160222-012220009

Striker James Collins has joined Crawley Town on a three-year deal just hours after his contract was cancelled by League One club Shrewsbury Town.

The 25-year-old’s agreement was cancelled by the Shrews, who he joined for a second spell back in 2014, by mutual consent earlier today.

It paved the way for Crawley to sign the forward, who had scored 48 goals in his 154 games his former club.

The ex-Aston Villa and Swindon Town man, who spent the majority of last season on loan at League Two winners Northampton Town, had been heavily linked with a move to Reds.

He netted eight goals for the Cobblers last season in his 21 appearances and seven times for Town.

He helped Shrewsbury secure promotion to League One in 2014 for a second time, he first achieved it at the club after joining from Villa in 2011 and counts Hibernian amongst his former clubs.

In March, Collins was fined two week’s wages and forced to apologise when he was caught urinating into a cup at Cheltenham Races.

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