Football - Collins finds his feet

Hibernian striker James Collins admits he feels more comfortable on and off the pitch after settling into life at Easter Road.

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Football - Collins finds his feet

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James Collins has settled into life at Hibernian after joining from Swindon

Collins scored his first goals for the Scottish Premiership 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.

The 22-year-old, whose team play Partick Thistle on Monday night at Firhill, 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 embarked on a six-match unbeaten run after a poor start to the season and Collins is happy with the way he is adapting and linking with the likes of fellow summer signings Paul Heffernan and Rowan Vine.

"I have a house sorted now so now I have settled I can concentrate just on football," he said.

"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.

"Inverness have started like a house on fire but we didn't play well so it's important to bounce back on Monday," he said.

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