Brad Collins

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Brad Collins
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0Full Name Bradley Ray Collins
0Date of Birth 18th February 1997
0Place of Birth Southampton, England
0Position Goalkeeper
0Chelsea career 2010 -
0Debut n/a
0Games (goals) n/a
0Other clubs n/a

Brad Collins is a goalkeeper currently playing in Chelsea's academy teams.

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Pre-Chelsea career

Brad joined the Chelsea academy in his early teens having previously been a part of the Elite Training Centre in Hampshire.

Chelsea career

Brad featured in some of the Under-18 team's pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2012-13 season but did not feature in a competitive fixture ahead of becoming a scholar in July 2013. He established himself as first choice in 2013-14 at Under-18 level ahead of the departing Ben Killip and earned maiden representation at both Under-19 and Under-21 levels before Christmas. He made his first appearance in the FA Youth Cup in the first leg of the Final against Fulham with Mitchell Beeney on first team duty.

A youth team regular in 2014-15, he was the reliable and at times crucial last line of defence as Chelsea won the FA Youth Cup again and added the 2014-15 UEFA Youth League crown to their long list of accolades, whilst he finished the campaign by earning further Under-21 minutes. Those minutes turned into him becoming first choice for much of the 2015-16 season with Beeney and Jamal Blackman otherwise indisposed and he used it to his advantage, performing consistently well and capping the season with a penalty save in the 2015-16 UEFA Youth League Final against Paris Saint-Germain, helping his team to a 2-1 victory.

First-choice for the Development Squad in 2016-17, he donned the captain's armband on occasion in a season where he was one of the elder statesmen in the league's youngest team. He finished with four clean sheets in 21 appearances, only conceding 29 goals throughout.

International

Brad has no international representation to date, but was a regular part of the England Under-16 setup during the 2012-13 season.

Career statistics

Youth, Reserve and Under-21 Football

Season Under-18 Euro U19 Under-21 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-14 23 0 1 0 1 0 25 0
2014-15 23 0 7 0 2 0 32 0
2015-16 - - 7 0 17 0 24 0
2016-17 - - - - 21 0 21 0
Total 46 0 15 0 41 0 102 0

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2016-17 season)

Career honours

Contract

Brad signed a new contract in July 2016 to take him through to the end of the 2017-18 season. 1

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