DATE OF BIRTH16 February 1997
Bradley Collins has been at the club since Under-12 level and progressed through the age groups to become a regular in the Under-21 team. After signing his scholarship in the summer of 2013, he shared goalkeeping duties with Ben Killip for much of the opening spell of the season, before Killip’s departure to Norwich City in November allowed him to feature predominantly for the remainder of the campaign.
He debuted in the Youth Cup in the first leg of the final against Fulham at Craven Cottage and made maiden appearances for the Under-19s and Under-21s before the end of the season.
In 2014/15, Collins was Joe Edwards’s first-choice for the Under-18 age group and acted as back-up for the Under-21s. He broke his wrist before Christmas and missed several weeks of action but ended the season with winners medals in the UEFA Youth League and Youth Cup, playing in all but three games across both competitions.
He was the Under-19 and Under-21 regular the following season, keeping four clean sheets in seven appearances as we retained the UEFA Youth League title. Brad signed a new contract in July 2016, committing him to the club until the end of the 2017/18 season.
He spent the 2017/18 campaign on loan at League Two side Forest Green Rovers, impressing between the posts as the Football League debutants avoided relegation back to the National League. He played 45 games and kept nine clean sheets.
He moved up a division for his next loan, joining Burton Albion of League One in August 2018 for the first half of the season. He earned a regular place and his loan was extended for the rest of the season, shortly before a Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City.