Former Huddersfield Town midfielder Michael Collins is celebrating title success with Indian club Bengaluru.
And the 30-year-old will leave the country having helped his club reach the quarter-finals of the Asian Football Confederation Cup for the first time.
Collins, who came through Town’s academy and made 197 appearances, scoring 22 goals, joined Bengaluru on a short-term deal in January.
The I-League club needed a replacement for injured former Middlesbrough, Watford and Scunthorpe player Josh Walker.
And former Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Collins, who was with Oxford United, answered the call.
He made 10 league appearances as Bengaluru, who have links with Oxford, won the championship for the second time in their three years of existence.
And Collins, who also played for Scunthorpe United, featured in five cup matches.
After coming through the AFC Cup group stages, Bengaluru were 3-2 winners over Kitchee in Hong Kong.
They now face Tampines Rovers, of Singapore, home and away in September.
“It’s been a successful season for the club,” said Halifax-born Collins.
“Winning the title was great, and the round of 16 of the AFC Cup was a marker for us.
“To make the quarter-finals is fantastic.”
Collins continued: “I’ve been very impressed since I’ve come over here.
“I knew the ambition was to compete well in the league and to win it so I’m delighted we managed to do that and that I was able to play my part.
“It was unfortunate we didn’t advance through the Indian Cup (Bengaluru were the holders) which was the only negative.
“The next objective was to keep going in the AFC Cup and we have done that.”