New role ahead for Mansfield Town defender Lee Collins

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Adam Murray intends to use defender Lee Collins in a new role after seeing his all-round qualities come to the fore with a hand in both the goals in Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Morecambe.

Collins arrived at the club as a centre half of some repute, but has already played right back and on Tuesday was an attacking left back.

Murray now has a new position for him to fill, though is keeping it under wraps for the moment.

“For me he is brilliant,” said Murray. “He is an all-round footballer. He is a man – which is big to have in games like that.

“When you have lost a couple on the bounce you need a response, and I think the men stood up on Tuesday.

“Lee was a perfect example of that. He is a naturally centre half, both footed, he can play left back and right back, and for him to be in that area of the pitch in that part of the game sums up the never-say-die performance of the lads.

“For me we haven’t seen Lee in his best position yet, and that’s not at centre half. I will keep that one under wraps as it will be part of our evolvement. I think it will get the best out of Lee’s attributes as well. I am painting a beautiful picture in my head. Lee literally has got everything He can do bits of everything.

“He can play, he has two great feet, he is a leader, he is a bloke. “He is very good aerially and he’s got a tremendous range of passing too.

“He will be a very big part of the future of this club and he got his just rewards on Tuesday when he was immense.

“ He is a centre half in his head and he has been frustrated that, in his eyes, he hasn’t been playing in his preferred position.”