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Blues re-sign fullback Collins on one-year deal

Otago fullback Michael Collins has re-signed with the Blues for one more year, taking an extension through to the end of 2019.

He believes the Blues are close to turning things around and wants to be there to see it.

“I believe change will happen here and I want to be a part of that change,” Collins said.

“I guess from the outside looking in, it’s pretty hard to see past the results, because we have had a tough year.

“But inside the camp, everyone gets on. Everyone’s had an enjoyable time and we’re building towards success together.

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The addition of Leon MacDonald as an assistant coach next year should be valuable for Collins, with MacDonald rated one of the best up and coming coaches in the country and having previously playing fullback for the All Blacks during his career.

“For me, I want to contribute to that change. Tana (Umaga, Blues coach) gave me a shot at the start and I want to give back to that, I want to contribute and be a part of that change.”

It is the second year in a row that Collins has signed a one-year contract and is willing to back his ability to find the next opportunity.

“To be honest, that’s what is working out at the moment,” he said.

“I guess I want to do that and back myself to play well and if I do that, opportunities open.

“If I’m good enough to go through those doors, that’s great and if I’m not, that’s rugby.”

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Blues re-sign fullback Collins on one-year deal