Collins focused on football
Published : 18 Apr 2011 16:00:07
Port Vale defender Lee Collins has thanked caretaker boss Mark Grew for putting his faith in him at Torquay on Saturday despite a troubled week off the field.Collins, along with midfielder Gary Roberts and former loanee Tom Pope, was arrested in the early hours of last Wednesday morning over an alleged incident at a Stafford nightclub.All three were later bailed by police while Vale also released a statement at the time insisting they will hold an internal investigation into the allegations. But despite the unwanted off-field distractions, Grew opted to keep Collins in his starting XI at Plainmoor, something the left-back acknowledged."It was really important I got out there and played," Collins told the Sentinel. "It was a long week, but hopefully I've done myself some good because I felt I did okay and gave everything. Grewy has been spot on with me and I'm really grateful he selected me."As soon as I hit the training ground or pitch the issue goes out of my mind. In fact it's like a release because I enjoy playing football. We did everything but score on Saturday, and I'm happy when we play like that because it also helps take my mind off things."Collins added: "It was a horrible week, especially as my friends and family were disappointed about it. I have only got myself to blame because I put myself in that situation, but that's not saying I've done anything wrong. I'm in good spirits and hopeful it will be sorted out quite soon."