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John Collins signs

last updated Thursday 13th July 2000, 7:00 PM

Jean Tigana has agreed a deal to make his second signing since his appointment as Fulham manager with the transfer of John Collins from Premiership Everton for an undisclosed fee.John Collins signs for Fulham

The former Celtic midfielder is well known to Tigana having played for two years under his management at Monaco. His wealth of experience at the top level, including 53 Scottish caps, will add a valuable dimension towards Fulham’s aim of attaining Premiership football.

Tigana, welcomed his new signing, “I am really pleased to be working with John once again and this signing is an important part of our plans to build a successful team.”

>Collins will complete a medical on Friday and then travel with the squad to a training camp in France.

Date of Birth: 31.01.1968
Place of Birth: Galashiels, Scotland
Position: Midfield
Transfer Fee: Undisclosed
Height: 5' 8"
Previous Clubs: Hibernian, Celtic, Monaco, Everton

When Joe Royle was pipped to John Collins' signature by Monaco in 1996, few people at Everton would have believed that two years later the former Celtic star would have become Everton's highest ever paid player and part of a revolution under new manager Walter Smith. It was all the more remarkable given Everton's dangerously close brush with relegation in the 1997-98 season and the fact that Collins had pledged to see out the remaining year of his Monaco contract just a fortnight before he arrived at Goodison Park. 

Collins was brought up in Galashiels at the heart of the rugby stronghold of the Scottish borderlands. He drifted away from a potential rugby career and played for Celtic Boys' Club and Edinburgh's Hutchison Vale before he signing for Hibernian in 1984. He made his Scottish Premier Division debut for Hibs against Aberdeen at Pittodrie at the age of just 17 in the same team as former Everton player Joe McBride, going on to replace McBride as a substitute in the Scottish Cup Final against the same team later that season. 

His career blossomed under Alex Miller and in 1988 Collins made his international debut for Scotland in Saudi Arabia. Two years later he made a high profile move to Celtic and although he wasn't able to help the Bhoys break Rangers stranglehold on the league, he became a genuine star player cementing his place in the international set-up. 

In 1996, always looking for a new challenge, Collins made the decision to take advantage of the Bosman Ruling to secure a free transfer away from Scotland. Everton led the chase to sign him but he chose the sun and sea of the French Riviera when he opted to join Monaco. 

He won the French League in his first season and enjoyed a successful Champions League campaign the following season when Monaco reached the semi-final stage. Soaking up the flair and style of the French League and progressing under Monaco's rigorous training techniques, Collins made the best possible preparation for the 1998 World Cup and was one of Scotland's best players of the tournament, scoring a memorable penalty against Brazil in the opening natch of the tournament. 

Although he thoroughly enjoyed his time in France, John decided after France 98 that it was time to seek a fresh challenge in England. A total of 15 clubs from France, England and Scotland were chasing his signature at one time but he eventually chose the ultimate challenge at Everton, citing Walter Smith as the main reason for his £2.5m move. 

He took the no.7 shirt from Mickael Madar and signed a contract worth a rumoured £29,000-a-week. He came to Goodison as the first genuine star player to join the club in years but he struggled to fulfil the promise of his high-profile arrival. 

In January 1999 he underwent surgery on a tiny fracture in his toe that he had sustained during the World Cup and had been plaguing him all season. It meant he missed the rest of that season but he returned fighting fit for the 1999/2000 campaign.

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