TOWN teenager Michael Collins has received a new call-up by Republic of Ireland Under 19s.

Capped 11 times already, the 18-year-old central midfielder from Halifax is in the squad for two games against Italy.

The first is at Corato on Tuesday, January 18 and the second at Bisceglie on Thursday 20.

Collins will jet out on Sunday week, January 16.

His Town Academy teammate James Hand is on stand-by.

Meanwhile Town manager Peter Jackson is confident there will be no repercussions over the facial injury Hull striker Stuart Elliott suffered during last week's League I clash.

The 24-goal Northern Ireland ace faces six weeks on the sidelines with a fractured cheekbone which Hull manager Peter Taylor suggested had been caused by a flailing elbow.

An upset Taylor pledged to look at the 89th-minute incident on video, and Jackson has done likewise.

"Peter had just lost his top scorer, so he was bound to be upset, but I saw nothing untoward," said Jackson, looking back at the 2-1 defeat in which Elliott netted Hull's equaliser.

"There were a lot of bodies in there going for the ball and Stuart Elliott came out injured, but I don't think there was anything malicious.

"We haven't heard anything further from Hull, or the football authorities, so as far as we're concerned the incident is closed."

Referee Paul Danson took no action over the incident at the time.

League leaders Hull are reported to be interested in Chester's Kevin Ellison as a replacement for Elliott.

Jackson, whose side were taking on Torquay at the Galpharm today, is also on the look-out for signings, with a left-back his priority.

* The FA Cup third round got off to a wet start last night when Burnley's tie at home to Liverpool was called off by referee Mark Clattenburg less than an hour before kick-off.

Parts of the Turf Moor pitch had become waterlogged.