Former Huddersfield Town midfielder Michael Collins has joined League II Oxford after his release by Scunthorpe.
The Halifax-born 28-year-old, who came through the academy to make 197 appearances, with 22 goals, has signed a one-year deal.
Collins was capped six times at Under 21 level by the Republic of Ireland before his move to Scunthorpe in 2010.
He made 17 League II appearances as the Iron won promotion last season, and also had a loan stint at AFC Wimbledon.
He is new manager Michael Appleton’s first signing for Oxford and said: “Something looks to be happening here and I am excited to be part of it.
Former Blackpool and Blackburn boss Appleton believes Collins’ experience will be vitally important.
“We have a young and small squad and we know we need a few experienced additions,” he said.
“Michael has played 300 league games, most of them at a higher level, and will bring a little bit of know-how and quality to the squad.”
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