Jamie Collins was a deadline day signing for Rovers in January 2012 when he arrived at the club for an undisclosed fee from League Two side Aldershot Town.
Jamie, a solid defensive midfielder, had previously worked with Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday in the youth setup at Watford where he failed to make a senior appearance, eventually joining non league Havant & Waterlooville in February 2005.
It was at Havant that Jamie excelled and became a real fans' favourite making over 150 league appearances in a four year spell that saw him handed the captaincy.
And it was as captain that Jamie was part of the Havant & Waterlooville side that gave Premier League giants Liverpool a scare in the FA Cup fourth round at Anfield in front of over 42,000 fans in a cup run that saw the Blue Square South side knock Swansea City and Notts County out of the competition.
Jamie left Havant for a brief spell at Hampton & Richmond Borough before moving to Newport County where he was part of the Welsh clubs' side that earned promotion to the top flight of non league football as Blue Square South champions.
After two years at Spytty Park, Jamie followed former manager Dean Holdsworth to Football League side Aldershot where he played in the Football League side's Carling Cup third round clash with Manchester United.
The opportunity to work with Dave Hockaday again when Rovers came calling in January 2012 was enough for Jamie to step back down into the non league game and he signed an 18 month contract on his arrival at the club, bagging a brace from midfield in an away game against Kettering in just his second appearance for the club.
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