Archie Collins

Posh swoop for in-demand midfielder Archie Collins for an undisclosed fee with the 23-year-old penning a long-term contract.

Peterborough United have made their third summer signing with the acquisition of one of the most-sought after midfielders in Sky Bet League One with 23-year-old Archie Collins putting pen to paper on a three-year deal after completing the formalities at the idverde Training Ground on Wednesday afternoon.

Collins joins from Exeter City for an undisclosed fee and follows Ryan De Havilland and Romoney Crichlow in agreeing deals at Posh this week. Collins has been with the Grecians since the age of eight and already has over 200 appearances to his name, helping Exeter win promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

Manager Darren Ferguson was thrilled to get the deal over the line. “I am really pleased with this one. It is another player that fits into what we are all about as a football club, age wise, potential-wise, he is probably one of the most sought after players at this level, he was outstanding last season.

“He has played a lot of games for his age, this is a big signing for us. We felt we wanted to push this and get the deal done. The chairman deserves a lot of credit for pushing it through. When I met the boy, he bought into what we are all about and how I want him to fit into our style of play. He knows Joel Randall, that definitely helped and I believe this is a really good signing.

“We have got three new faces into the building and hopefully we will add to that as we move forward. We wanted to strengthen the midfield area, we knew Jack Taylor would leave and it was an area we wanted to focus on. Archie is a strong signing, I am really looking forward to working with the boy because many teams identified him as someone they wanted to bring to their club, so we are delighted that we have got to the front of the queue.”

Collins, who set off from the South West at 8am to complete the deal in PE2, is looking forward to the next chapter in his career. “I have been with Exeter since I was eight years-old, so it is obviously a big move for me, but I felt it was the right time and the right club. I have really enjoyed my time at Exeter, we have enjoyed success and I have played a lot of games, which is what any young footballer wants to do.

“I know Joel Randall well and he has been badgering me all summer to try and get me to come! It is always nice to see a familiar face on your first day. I am someone that can play in a few different positions, I have learned a lot from that exposure to different positions and playing under different managers and I am looking forward to learning from the gaffer here,” Collins said.

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