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Keeping the shirt

Collin confident of retaining number-one spot

8 September 2017

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Notts County goalkeeper Adam Collin says he never doubted his ability to retain the number-one shirt at Meadow Lane.

The ex-Carlisle stopper saw fellow goalkeepers Ross Fitzsimons and Branislav Pindroch join the Magpies this summer as part of manager Kevin Nolan's efforts to add competition for places.

But, while he knows a drop in standards could see him lose his place, Collin was always confident of his first-choice status.

He said: "I've been the manager's number one since he walked into the club so that's never changed in my eyes. I just get on with my job.

"I know there are two people wanting to take my place. It was the same last season when Scott Loach was here; he was always there pushing me all the way.

"Now we have Branislav and Ross who are ready to come in at any time, as they have proven in the cup competitions. It definitely keeps me on my toes.

"But only one of us can play and I know if I keep doing what I'm doing it'll be me every week.

"I'm delighted with my own form since the gaffer has come in. I'm just trying to be as consistent as I can."

Collin celebrates after Notts' recent win at Wycombe Wanderers

The keeper has drawn plaudits from the manager for his 'fantastic' performances.

But Collin was quick to praise those in front of him for helping him excel in his role.

He said: "It's massive for me to have a consistent back four in front of me. Shaun Brisley and Richard Duffy have been outstanding and are forming a good partnership, which makes it so much easier for me to play behind. I know what I'm getting from them nine times out of 10.

"It's so important for the back four and me to have confidence in one another. It's been settled so far but we know people are capable of stepping up as and when they're needed." 

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