STRIKER Connor Collins has returned for a third spell at Fairfield Villa after departing Midland League Premier Division side Lye Town.
Collins, who scored 35 times in 40 appearances last term, departed the Recreation Ground for the Black Country side in the summer but has only scored once in ten outings.
The former Halesowen Town striker departed for the Yeltz from Villa in 2015 before making the move to Bromsgrove Sporting and then back to Villa for the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
Unfortunately for Villa, Collins is ineligible for Saturday’s Worcestershire FA Junior Cup clash against Worcester City’s under-21s, but vice-chairman Paul Oakes was delighted to have the striker back on the books.
“Signing Connor is a huge boost for us and was the shot in the arm we needed,” he said.
“It came out of the blue too as I had a phone call from him asking if he’d like to come back and my answer was an immediate ‘yes’.
“Lye did not want to lose him but they have been great to let us sign him, however, it is a shame he cannot be involved on Saturday.
“Worcester City will provide us with a tough test as they are yet to lose this season but we will be concentrating on ourselves and trying to progress.
“We have not won the cup since 2005/06 so we are looking to change that.”
Villa go into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Knowle in Midland League Division Two, a result which leaves Wayne Davis’ side second-from-bottom after seven games.
“We are having good periods in games but we are not taking our chances and getting punished at the other end,” Oakes said.
“That was the case at Knowle and I feel sorry for Wayne because there is plenty of experience and quality in the squad.
“I am confident though that when this team is fully fit and firing it will climb up the table.”