Collins considers Toshack peace

03 September 2009 06:43
Danny Collins is hoping a fresh start at club level might also lead to one for his country.The defender, who joined Stoke City for £2.75m from Sunderland on Tuesday, is a Wales outcast after falling out with national manager John Toshack. It is two and a half years since the 29-year-old won the last of his six caps and Collins says he wants to mend his bridges with the Wales boss. "I've got one or two things to sort out with the manager [Toshack]," he said. "But maybe it's only a phone call away. You want to be playing for your country and so hopefully that can be sorted." The pair first rowed in March 2006 when Collins felt he was snubbed by being kept on the Wales bench for a friendly with Paraguay. That rift was healed when Toshack accepted an apology from Collins. But the following year Collins ruled himself out of a September World Cup qualifier double-header against Germany and Slovakia, saying he needed to get himself fit in order to regain his place in the Sunderland first team. Collins became a key part of the Sunderland defence but has not been selected in a Wales squad since then. The defender has now suddenly found himself surplus to requirements under new Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, despite captaining the Black Cats in their opening three games of this campaign. But Collins is now eager to prove himself to Stoke manager Tony Pulis - a fellow Welshman - and potentially to Toshack. "I was certainly impressed by what I saw and heard when I came down to Stoke," Collins said. "I've been with Sunderland for five seasons and enjoyed every minute, especially the last couple of seasons back in the Premier League. "But the future lies with Stoke and now I'm looking forward to a new chapter. "They've had a great start to the season and hopefully we can maintain that."

Source: BBC_Sport