HELLENIC LEAGUE: Collier turned down Southern League offers for Bassett
SAM Collier turned down a switch to Thatcham because he felt Wootton Bassett would be the best place to restore his confidence in the final third.
The 26-year-old struggled for goals with Cirencester this season despite featuring regularly for the Southern League Division One South & West outfit.
And following a heart-to-heart with Centurions boss Brian Hughes, Collier decided to reject a move to league rivals Thatcham in favour of Hellenic League Premier Division outfit Bassett.
Collier finalised his return to his former club yesterday - who groundshare with Ciren - and explained that he was keen to get back on the goal trail, starting this weekend at league leaders Reading.
“I’ve played pretty much every game for Cirencester this season and I’ve been doing OK, but I just felt my goal threat had gone away as I’ve only scored three in 15,” said Collier.
“I was feeling low on confidence and I wanted to go away, enjoy it and get my goal threat back.
“Didcot rang me and Thatcham did as well. Didcot was never on the cards but Thatcham was something I really thought about, as I played under Richie Bourne at Abingdon.
“But in the end I decided it was the best thing for me to go to Bassett. I guess it was the travelling and the fact I’m a bit low on confidence - going to a club in the same league as Ciren but at the other end of the table didn’t seem a good thing for me.
“In an ideal world I’ll stay signed on at Ciren and Hughesy will hear good things about me and want me back, but at this stage I’m a Bassett player rather than being on loan here.”
Despite dropping down a division, Collier insists he is not expecting the goals to flood in straight away and believes he will have to work hard to earn his place in the starting XI.
“By no means am I thinking that I’m going to walk it and that it will be easy,” said Collier.
“The difference between the two leagues is minimal and I don’t expect to walk in there and be in the team every week.”
Collier has limited knowledge of Reading but is looking forward to the challenge in Berkshire tomorrow.
“There’s a few of the lads there that were at Abingdon when I was there. They are quite big and strong and it will be a test,” he said.
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