Peterborough United have completed the signing of 23 year-old Archie Collins on a three year deal. The transfer fee is undisclosed but is thought to initially be just under a £1m.
Archie started in Exeter’s Academy and made his début in an EFL trophy game in November 2017. He also spent some time that season on loan at Weston-Super-Mare. The following season saw Archie become a regular in Exeter’s first team. Archie in total played 220 times for the Grecians scoring 14 goals.
Talking of Archie’s departure Gary Caldwell said:-
In the short time I have worked with Archie he has been both a fantastic player and person. He has given so much to the club since joining the Academy as a youngster and is a fantastic example for the academy players breaking into the first team set-up.
Whilst we did everything we could to try and keep him at the club, we should be proud of what he has achieved as an academy graduate. I spoke to him today and he leaves on good terms and we hope he does well in his future career.
Posh boss Duncan Ferguson said:-
I am really pleased with this one. It is another player that fits into what we are all about as a football club, age wise, potential-wise, he is probably one of the most sought after players at this level, he was outstanding last season.
He has played a lot of games for his age, this is a big signing for us. We felt we wanted to push this and get the deal done. The chairman deserves a lot of credit for pushing it through. When I met the boy, he bought into what we are all about and how I want him to fit into our style of play. He knows Joel Randall, that definitely helped and I believe this is a really good signing.
Archie said of his move:-
I have been with Exeter since I was eight years-old, so it is obviously a big move for me, but I felt it was the right time and the right club. I have really enjoyed my time at Exeter, we have enjoyed success and I have played a lot of games, which is what any young footballer wants to do.
I know Joel Randall well and he has been badgering me all summer to try and get me to come! It is always nice to see a familiar face on your first day. I am someone that can play in a few different positions, I have learned a lot from that exposure to different positions and playing under different managers and I am looking forward to learning from the gaffer here.