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‘I Can’t Wait To Get Started At Cardiff City’ —Collins

‘I Can’t Wait To Get Started At Cardiff City’  —Collins

Super Eagles left-back Jamilu Collins says he cannot wait to get started with Championship club Cardiff City.

The Welsh club confirmed Collins as their new signing on Friday following his transfer from German Bundesliga 2 side Paderborn.


And commenting on his move to, Collins told the club website cardiffcityfc.co.uk:“I’m really excited to be in Cardiff, and I can’t wait to get started.

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“The Club has great history, and when I got the call to come to Cardiff, I was so excited, I couldn’t resist. I’m looking forward to the challenge of the new season.

“The goal is to fight for the Premier League. I can’t wait to meet the supporters and to fight for the jersey.”

Collins arrives in the Welsh capital having made 137 appearances for Paderborn since September 2017.

The 27-year old began his career with HNK Rijeka, and spent time with fellow Croatian clubs NK Pomorac, HNK Šibenik and Istra 1961 before making the move to Germany.

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  • This is marriage made in heaven. Cardiff have acquired a seasoned top notch Nigeria international full back while Collins can continue his impressive career in a top European leagues.

    This augurs well for the Super Eagles left full back position because it means that in the 2022-23 season, Nigeria will have 3 known left fullbacks in reputable European leagues ready to be deployed at the drop of a hat (because I don’t expect all 3 of them to be injured at the same time).

    According to footballrankings.com, the top 33 leagues compilation in the world has Nigeria’s top 3 left fullbacks playing in the following order:

    – Zaidu Sanusi: Portuguese Primera Liga is ranked as the 6th best league.
    – Jamilu Collins: English Championship is ranked 11th best league.
    – Calvin Bassey: the Scottish Premier League is ranked the 19th best league.

    As the Super Eagles navigate a period of restoration and recovery, it is safe to say that the team’s left fullback position is sorted. Jose Peseiro is inheriting a team with great possibilities across the park.

    Without the distraction of the Qatar world cup, he should have the time and breathing space to mould a formidable outfit for Nigeria’s Afcon campaign next summer.

    I definitely expect Jamilu Collins to play a huge part in the team’s reconstruction into the formidable force that it should be. He has been overlooked for June/July friendlies in favour of Sanusi, Bassey and some home based players.

    But I have no doubt that once the Championship league commences next season and Collins has a healthy number of games under his belt, he will beguile his way back into Super Eagles contention.

    My only worry for him is that new coaches tend to want to “discover” their own players as part of their own enduring legacy. Rohr discovered Collins. No matter how well Collins performs in the English Championship, if Jose Peseiro discovers his own left full back options, Collins will be frozen out.

    Peseiro will come with his own ideas, vision and subjective preferences. It only remains to be seen whether a fit, flying and firing Collins will fit into Peseiro’s plans.


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