Collins signs new deal with United

Ben Collins has re-signed with Western United. (supplied)

Tara Murray

One of Western United’s brightest stars Ben Collins has re-signed for the next A-League men’s season.

Collins who came through United’s academy earned a scholarship job with United for the 2021-22 season.

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

Collins said he can’t wait to continue his journey after an enjoyable first season.

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

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

“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.”

United general manager of football Mal Impiombato said he 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,” he 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.”