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Key Facts

Full name
Darren Collins

Known as
Darren Collins

Born
15 November 1967 (age 55)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 177d
Last game: 22y 269d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Footscray; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 34
Footscray: 47, 34
Fitzroy: 27

Recruited from
Collingwood (1987); Footscray (1990)

Darren Collins

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1985-198621281.3343%8.144.052.572
FootscrayV/AFL1987-198924371.5446%8.173.292.251
FitzroyAFL1990430.7550%7.005.002.002
V/AFL1985-199049681.3945%8.063.762.375
Total1985-199049681.3945%8.063.762.375

AFL: 9,614th player to appear, 4,313th most games played, 1,575th most goals kickedCollingwood: 867th player to appear, 544th most games played, 260th most goals kickedFootscray: 786th player to appear, 437th most games played, 164th most goals kickedFitzroy: 1,083rd player to appear, 876th most games played, 583rd most goals kicked

Darren Collins was something of a football journeyman who never really settled long enough at any of his clubs to have more than a minimal impact. Originally from East Reservoir, he was recruited by Collingwood and made his senior debut in 1985 while still aged just 17. A rover, he boasted impressive pace, but struggled to hold down a place in the strong Magpie line-up. In two seasons with the club he played 21 games and scored 28 goals.

The 1987 season found him at Footscray where, initially at least, he struggled, making just a single appearance in his debut season, before improving somewhat to play 13 times in 1988 and 10 in 1989. He registered the impressive tally of 37 goals during his time at the Western Oval. On being de-listed by the Bulldogs he signed for Port Melbourne in the VFA only to handed an AFL lifeline in the 1990 Mid-Season Draft when Fitzroy opted to select him. Towards the end of the season he played four games for the Lions but these proved to be the last top level appearances of his career.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.