HUDDERSFIELD Town continued their squad reshaping by completing Michael Collins’ transfer to Scunthorpe with manager Lee Clark saying: “I’m delighted at the way pre-season is going.”
Having sold James Berrett to League I rivals Carlisle, Town then confirmed his fellow midfielder Collins has moved into the Championship for a fee reported to be in the region of £100,000 plus add-ons.
That means of the eight contracted players made available for transfer in May, only midfielder Jim Goodwin and winger Lionel Ainsworth remain with Town, who are at a Cheshire training camp.
While Andy Butler and Tom Denton have agreed contract settlements, Simon Eastwood has moved to Oxford and left-back Joe Skarz to Bury.
As with Collins, who made 197 Town appearances and netted 22 goals, the transfer fee for fellow Republic of Ireland Under 21 midfielder Berrett remains undisclosed, although it is believed Town have negotiated a series of beneficial clauses.
The 21-year-old could face Town in the first round of the Carling Cup at Carlisle on Tuesday, August 10.
Berrett, also linked with Tranmere, has a two-year contract.
"The manager (Greg Abbott) wants to take this club forward and I want to be a part of that," said Berrett.
"It became an easy decision to come here and I am really looking forward to what is a new challenge for me."
Collins has joined up with Scunthorpe at their Leicestershire training base.
The two clubs have been haggling over a fee for the 24-year-old, but progress has finally been made.
Iron boss Nigel Adkins said: "Michael is a player who loves to get forward and I believe he can score goals for us.
"He also has a good engine on him and can pass the ball well."
Berrett is in line to play for Carlisle in Friday’s friendly at Evo-Stick (Northern Premier) League Kendal.
Collins is set for a Scunthorpe outing at Bottesford, of the Northern Counties East League, on Saturday.
Town, who return from Cheshire tomorrow night, kick-off their warm-up list at NCEL club AFC Emley on Friday (7.00) before heading to Evo-Stik League Wakefield FC on Saturday (3.00).
"The facilities here are first class and it’s a great chance to focus on training and get to know each other," said Clark, who has all six of his new signings at the camp.
"The attitude and application of all the players and their approach to what we’re asking them to do has really pleased me."
On Collins and Berrett, Clark said: "They are excellent professionals and fantastic young men.
"However I felt the time was right for us to go separate ways."