Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Collin Expects Lively Friendly; Cumbrians Are Taking United Match Seriously

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Collin Expects Lively Friendly; Cumbrians Are Taking United Match Seriously

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Byline: Mark Douglas

FORMER Newcastle United goalkeeper Adam Collin has warned his old side to expect a "no-holds-barred" performance from Carlisle United when they open up their pre-season campaign this weekend, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

Newcastle have only been back at work a week but Collin, who was on United's books until 2004, has warned them that a fired-up Carlisle side will be taking the game - which marks the club's centenary - very seriously.

Indeed the 25-year-old, who is preparing for his first full season as Carlisle's number one, believes the match is of equal stature to their cup games at Wembley and Everton. Chris Hughton will be taking a full squad to Brunton Park and with a sizeable travelling support at the game, Collin feels it will be more like an FA Cup clash than a preseason knock around.

"This ranks right up there with Wembley, Everton and Leeds from last season," said the goalkeeper.

"You don't often get the chance to play against a Premier League club, especially when there are a good few thousand here. It doesn't matter if it's a friendly. Once we get onto that pitch it will be competitive, tackles will be going in and there will be no holds barred."

The match comes with added motivation for Collin, who comes up against a club close to his heart.

Collin did not make an appearance for Newcastle but he trained with Steve Harper and Shay Given and was an Academy team-mate of Steven Taylor's before being released. Ironically, he would probably have had more of a chance breaking through at the new spendthrift United but when he was involved in 2004, the club was still awash with money and he was released to rebuild his career at Workington before joining Carlisle last summer.

As is the way with the goalkeeper's union he has followed Harper's career closely and is looking forward to being reacquainted with the experienced United stopper. …

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