Danny Collins is ready to fight for his place under Billy Davies at Nottingham Forest
DANNY Collins is ready to fight for the chance to play his part in the Billy Davies revolution at Nottingham Forest.
The Reds captain will be handed his first start since the Scotsman returned for a second spell at the helm at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow, after being relegated to the bench for the first three games of his tenure.
With Greg Halford suspended for two matches, Collins will get his chance to impress the new boss – and he today pledged to make the most of it.
"Greg's suspension might give me a chance to come back in the side, my goal is to come back in and keep hold of the shirt, by doing well," said Collins.
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"It has been frustrating, in a way. But we have had a good run under him, collecting seven points from three games.
"The frustration is that you want to be playing a part in that.
"I came on against Bolton for half an hour or so. But you are still left with mixed emotions.
"You want the boys to do well, you want to grab that chance to get back up there towards the play-off places.
"But, at the same time, not being a part of it is disappointing."
Collins, who will retain the captain's armband, admits he is not used to being left on the sidelines – but says it is in his character to fight to earn a regular starting place again.
"It is not something I am really used to," he said. "Touch wood, when I have been fit and available for selection, I have largely been a part of things.
"At the end of the day, the gaffer can only pick 11 lads and, whoever plays, we will give them our support when they are out there.
"We have a good squad here and, if you are not involved, you are going to be disappointed.
"But you just have to focus on getting back and earning your chance.
"You have to get on with training and make it hard for the gaffer to leave you out.
"You take it in your stride. It was the gaffer's decision, you respect it and you get on with it.
"I have been in the game long enough to know that you have these setbacks sometimes; you just have to deal with it like a man and get on with it.
"I wouldn't say it gives you added motivation. I train every day in the same way as I play.
"I want to win. I want to give 100 per cent and do well, whether it is a five-a-side game in training or on a Saturday afternoon.
"I am not one of those who will cruise through training in the week and then try to turn it on in games. That is not in my make up."