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Di Canio the reason for Collins move

IRELAND U21 cap James Collins says that the prospect of playing for Paolo di Canio was the main factor in his decision to sign for Swindon Town.

Former Aston Villa striker Collins quit Shrewsbury Town to join Swindon ahead of their League One campaign next season and the Irishman says he was won over by di Canio.

"When I spoke to Swindon I was impressed with the ambition of the club and with Di Canio," he said.

"The gaffer is the main factor. He played in the same position as me and is passionate about what he wants and so am I.

"He came up to me after the game at Swindon last season and gave me a hug and said he liked me as a player."

Fenlon eyes quality buys

PAT FENLON wants to have quality, not quantity, in his first team squad at Hibs next season as he plans for the future.

The Dubliner is overseeing a massive overhaul of the squad at Easter Road with 11 players leaving so far. "I felt the squad we had last year, 28 players, was too big so as we are looking to get quality in that means the squad numbers might have to drop a little bit," said Fenlon.

"This is the chance to build a team, we've identified where we feel we need players but they have to the right type of professional as well. We need some senior players, what we are left with at the moment is a lot of young players.".

Grant retires

VETERAN striker Tony Grant has been forced to quit the game due to injury.

The Dubliner, who played for Drogheda United, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers, had been lining out in the Irish League for Glenavon but persistent injuries have caused the 35-year-old to hang up his boots.

Murphy at Bohs

IRELAND U19 cap Conor Murphy has emerged as a transfer target for Bohemians following Monaghan United's exit from the Premier Division.

Murphy, who played for Ireland's U19 side in the European Championships last year, is now a free agent like the rest of the United squad following the club's decision and Murphy is now training with the Gypsies.