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Defender Collins joins Wolves from Burnley

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – UEFA Nations League – Group E – Ukraine v Republic of Ireland – Stadion Miejski LKS, Lodz, Poland – June 14, 2022 Republic of Ireland’s Nathan Collins celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel/File Photo

(Reuters) – Wolverhampton Wanderers have completed the signing of defender Nathan Collins from Championship side Burnley on a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Wolves paid a transfer fee in the region of 20.5 million pounds ($24.41 million) for the Ireland international, according to British media reports.

“The central defender has agreed a five-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months, to become Bruno Lage’s first new signing of the summer,” Wolves said in a statement .

Collins will join his team mates for their pre-season training camp in Alicante, Spain.

The 21-year-old moves to Wolves after one season at Turf Moor, during which he made 19 league appearances as Burnley were relegated to the second tier.

“We’ve looked at Nathan for a while and admired him, so we’re delighted,” said Wolves technical director Scott Sellars. “He’s only 21, has played international football and had a good season last year with Burnley.”

Wolves, who finished 10th last season, kick off the new campaign with a trip to Leeds United on Aug. 6.

($1 = 0.8400 pounds)

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)