Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Collier targets another great season after re-signing for Albion

Dan Collier

DAN COLLIER is keen to prove himself again at Plymouth Albion after agreeing to re-sign for the National One club.

The 31-year-old Londonder was the oldest player in Albion’s squad last season after re-joining the team following a three-year gap, where he played little competition league rugby.

However, he had a great 2015/16 campaign featuring in 25 of Plymouth’s 30 league matches and scoring three tries as the club claimed an impressive 22 wins.

He is hoping he and the club can repeat their form in 2016/17.

“Injury-wise it was one of my best years I’ve had and I felt I was better than when I was younger,” said Collier.

“I’m just trying to keep up with all these young kids.

“For myself I just want to do the best I can do. I want to try and get Albion back up to the Championship.”

He added:  “I’m glad to be back down in sunny Devon again for another year.

“I like it down in Plymouth and want another year here to prove myself again.

“It is probably the best decision for me to stay down here another year.

“I just have to get back in shape again now,” laughed Collier.

Albion return to pre-season training on July 4.

However, Collier has already had a taste of rugby this month.

“I played 10s a week ago in Ibiza – it was hot out there,” he said. “I played with Raging Bull and also Dam Busters as well. I was only supposed to play six games but ended up playing 11 as I played for other teams as well.”

Collier will link up with his former Albion team-mate Kieran Hallett, who recently became the club’s new player-backs coach.

Meanwhile, Albion have also finally confirmed the signing of young Somerset prop Sam Nixon.

Nixon was believed to be one of the first players to commit to Plymouth for the 2016/17. He had previously announced his move on social media.

The 19-year-old former Millfield School pupil has been part of London Scottish’s academy and played one A League match for London Irish last term.

“I can’t wait to get start and I am looking to make a strong challenge for a first team spot.”

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