Aaron Collins sends emotional farewell message to Bristol Rovers supporters after Bolton Wanderers switch

Aaron Collins also penned an emotional tribute after his two-and-a-half years at Bristol Rovers came to an end

Bolton Wanderers have signed Aaron Collins from Bristol Rovers for around £750,000 to bolster their promotion hopes.

Ian Evatt’s side are second in League One and are battling it out with Portsmouth, Peterborough United and Derby County for the automatic places. Collins arrived at the Gas from Forest Green Rovers two-and-a-half years ago on a free transfer.

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Capable of playing anywhere across the frontline, the 26-year-old has mainly played out wide for Rovers this season. He was named the division’s Player of the Season last year and was vital in securing League One promotion under Joey Barton, scoring twice as the Gas beat Scunthorpe United on the final day.

Collins arrives at Bolton having scored three goals and made nine assists in the league this season. The Wanderers also added West Bromwich Albion defender Caleb Taylor on loan until the end of the campaign.

Speaking to the club website, Collins gave an emotional goodbye to Rovers supporters, reflecting on his highs at the Memorial Stadium. He said: “Gasheads, what a two-and-a-half years it has been. From scoring that screamer against Oxford in the FA Cup to that 4-3 win away at Rochdale and then making history with the 7-0 win on that final day.

“Being a part of getting this club back to League One will live with me forever and I’ll never forget the feeling of being on top of that lamppost on Gloucester Road, celebrating with all of you Gasheads. Being named League One Player of the Season 2022-23 was a special achievement and I'm so grateful it was part of this incredible club.

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“I couldn't have done it without the support of the Gasheads, and the noise you make, week in and week out. I will forever cherish the memories of playing in the blue and white quarters and hope one day I can be a part of the Gas family once again. Who knows what the future holds?

“I'd like to thank both the players and the staff who have been a part of my journey at Rovers. I've made friends for life, and have loved my time here. UTG. Goodnight Irene… for now.”

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