James Collins has been handed the ultimate compliment by former Irons defensive hero Tony Gale.
‘Galey ‘- 300 appearances in an Irons shirt between 1984-1994 -reckons ‘Ginge’ is, and should remain, the first choice partner for Winston Reid when everybody is fit.
Despite the arrival in summer of £8 million signing Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus, Tony believes Collins is the natural partner for Reidy.
He said: “With James Tomkins likely to remain at right back it’s Ginge for me. He’s been brilliant and I was thrilled for him when he got his new deal.
“Ogbonna is a decent defender but for me James is the man to partner Reidy at the back when everybody is fit. He’s been a brilliant servant for the club and has lots still to offer.”
Galey likes the set up at the back with James Tomkins at right back saying: “I like to see it solid down that side and JT has done really well in there.
“Carl Jenkinson has lost his confidence and I feel for him. Now it’s all about responding in the right way and I’m sure he will come through.”