The archetypal big and powerful centre back, Yorkshireman Collins signed for City in November 2005, initially on loan with a permanent move to follow in January. He slotted into the first team and performed adequately, but in truth his skills and pace were such that he struggled to make the step up to Championship football. After a string of nasty injuries and a solitary swansong appearance in the FA Cup, Collins moved on in January 2008.
Hailing from Pontefract, Collins started his career further west along the A62 at Huddersfield. He was a regular starter at Bury for three seasons prior to a move to Port Vale, where he was reunited with Brian Horton and was a near-ever-present.
Collins signed for Hartlepool United in January 2008 and stayed with Pools for ten years. He played well into his late 30s as the club slid out of the top four divisions, then had spells as caretaker manager and first team coach. After a spell coaching at Bradford he became first team manager at York City in July 2018, leaving the Minstermen six months later.
Date/Place of Birth: 5 June 1977, Pontefract
Hull City First Game: 5 November 2005, Watford H (Championship), 28 years, 153 days old
Hull City Final Game: 5 January 2008, Plymouth Argyle A (FA Cup Third Round), 30 years, 214 days old
Huddersfield Town (1994-1999), Bury (1999-2002), Port Vale (2002-2006), Hull City (2005, loan), Hull City (2006-2008), Swindon Town (2007, loan), Hartlepool United (2008-2015)
Hull City Record
Career: 27 apps, 0 goalsSam Collins
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