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Midfielder Michael Collins is released by Crusaders

Michael Collins
Midfielder Michael Collins has left Premiership club Crusaders

Midfielder Michael Collins has left Crusaders after just four months with the north Belfast club.

Collins, who joined from League of Ireland club Dundalk, made his Crues debut in January but his appearances were restricted by injury problems.

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter said the much-travelled Collins was being released for financial reasons.

"He is one of our higher earners so needs to be playing regularly. We must keep our budget in check," said Baxter.

Striker Mark Dickson, who has been troubled by a knee injury, is also leaving Crusaders.

The former Larne player joined the Seaview club from Linfield in May 2008.

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see also
Baxter takes Collins to Seaview
21 Nov 09 |  Irish
Dickson leaves Blues for Crues
20 May 08 |  Irish
Collins poised for Dundalk move
04 Feb 09 |  Irish
Collins makes exit at Oriel Park
10 Nov 09 |  Irish

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