James Collins has revealed he asked Crawley to let him go after they rejected “numerous bids” for his services.

The 22-goal striker has joined Luton Town on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee which The Argus understands to be £250,000.

He links up with Hatters boss Nathan Jones, the former Albion player and coach.

Collins released a statement via the Reds’ website as he completed the switch this morning.

He wrote: “From day one everyone at Crawley Town welcomed me with open arms, the fans, staff, manager and owners.

“I loved playing and working hard for this great club. However when I was made aware of the interest from Luton Town it was something I had to seriously think about for several reasons.

“After numerous bids were rejected, I spoke with the board and asked them to reconsider.

“The most important aspect is that it is close to my family home. This move allows to be with my fiancee and little boy every day which is huge for me as it is with majority of players within the game.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Crawley Town Football Club and I wish them all the very best for the future.”

Collins’ words could head off any possible backlash against the club from fans angry at seeing them let their star player go.