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Potters pounce for Collins
01 Sep 2009 - 11:00:55
Stoke City have landed Wales international Danny Collins from Sunderland for a fee of £2.75million.
The Potters have wrapped up the signing of the 29-year-old centre-half just hours after landing Uruguay international midfielder Diego Arismendi.
Collins spent four years at the Stadium of Light during which he made more than 150 appearances.
"All this has happened so quickly because only a few weeks ago, I was captaining the Sunderland side in their pre-season friendlies, but (manager) Steve Bruce made it clear that he was going to bring in new faces and he couldn't guarantee me a place," Collins told his new club's official website.
"Therefore, when I was made aware of Stoke's interest, I thought it was a good time to move on and seek a fresh challenge.
"In many respects, the two clubs are alike in that they have big ambitions to finish in the top half of the table this season."
Manager Tony Pulis added: "Danny has been Sunderland's player of the year for the past two seasons which speaks volumes for the impact he has had at that level.
"He can play at left-back or centre-half which gives us further options along the back four."