Settling In Period Passed
It takes time to feel comfortable in a new job and you cannot give of your best when uncomfortable
Hibs new striker James Collins is starting to feel more at home at Easter Road on and off the pitch after settling into playing for the club. He has managed to get a couple of goals, which is always a good settler at a new club, against St Johnstone and St Mirren, last month after being handed a regular starting spot following his summer move from Swindon for a reported £200,000. Ahead of playing Partick Thistle on Monday, Collins said: "Getting off the mark and then getting off the mark at Easter Road as well was a big thing for me and I'm hoping I can do it again on Monday night. I had to repay everyone that put faith in me by scoring a couple of goals. The gaffer was playing me even though I wasn't scoring and the chairman paid money. So it was an important thing for me to get off the mark."Hibs managed a six-game unbeaten run after a poor start to the season and Collins is happy with the way he is adapting top the pace of the game in Scotland and linking up with the likes of fellow summer signings Paul Heffernan and Rowan Vine. He said: "I have a house sorted now so now I have settled I can concentrate just on football. People don't realise you have to live in hotels at first and after training just go and lie on your bed. It's important to get the off-field stuff sorted and it can definitely make a difference on the pitch. I feel comfortable up here so hopefully I can keep on improving and score more goals. Whoever plays up front now needs to play well because there is a lot of competition for places now."Hibs' unbeaten run came to an end with a 3-0 defeat at Inverness last weekend and Collins is determined to atone at Firhill. He said: "Inverness have started like a house on fire but we didn't play well so it's important to bounce back on Monday".
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