Ben Collins signs on for 22/23

Western United can confirm the re-signing of young central defender Ben Collins.

Collins has risen through the academy ranks at Western United, with the former NPL captain earning a scholarship deal prior to last season.

A regular member of the matchday squad, the defender made his A-League Men debut in the final match of the regular season against Adelaide United.

Collins said he can’t wait to continue his journey in green and black after such an enjoyable first season.

“I absolutely loved my first season with the senior team, which was obviously capped off with a Championship win,” Collins said.

“I’m really excited to sign on and keep working to build something really special with this group.”

And the central defender has some excellent role models to learn his craft from.

“As a young defender, I am really lucky to work with some of the best defenders in the league in Leo (Lacroix), Nikolai (Topor-Stanley) and Tomoki (Imai), as well as (assistant coach) Hayden Foxe.

“This club means a lot to me and I’m looking forward to continuing my development with Western United.”

General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato was delighted to see one of the clubs’ bright young prospects commit to the green and black.

“We are excited to have Ben sign an extension with Western United,” Impiombato said.

“We were delighted with his first season with the first team. He possesses a tremendous work ethic, great character and a willingness to improve and learn.”