DOB: 2 February 1977
Number: 28 (1998-2001)
Grand Final team - 2000
Games: 29 (43 total)
Goals: 5 (7 total)
An impressively tattooed defender who played in a premiership for the Northern Knights, before crossing to South Australia to play for the Crows in 1995. Broke his leg at North Adelaide and didn't make his AFL debut until the next year. After six games for Adelaide in 1997 he requested a trade home, joining the Demons with Brent Williams in exchange for Nathan Bassett and Trent Ormond-Allen.
Collins had already suffered a string of injury issues before joining Melbourne, undergoing three groin operations and breaking his forearm twice. He required a plate and pins in his arm, and at one point at the Crows he even broke a piece of the plate off.
Collins debuted for Melbourne in 1998 but failed to establish himself in the senior side. He missed the start of the season with a hernia, and broke his arm again during the year. 2000 was a make-or-break year, but he played 14 injury-free games in his career-best season, including the losing Grand Final. He added just nine games the next year after a knee injury derailed his second half of the year.
He was delisted at the end of the season when the Demons were squeezed by salary cap pressures. Despite some interest from St Kilda the Saints failed to use any of their pre-season draft picks and Collins joined the Northern Bullants for 17 games in 2002. Played three years for Seymour, including 2006.
|2000 Ansett Cup Match 3||Wrestling||$1200 fine|
1994 TAC Cup lists show him from Bundoora
Age - 03/02/2000
Herald Sun - 01/09/2000
Herald Sun - 27/10/2001
Age - 19/12/2001