Republic of Ireland underage international Nathan Collins made history last night, becoming Stoke City's youngest ever captain in their Carabao Cup first-round win at Wigan.

The 18-year-old centre-half is a hugely promising talent. He attracted interest from Manchester United over the summer before the Potters tied him down to a new five-year contract and he's fully expected to establish himself as a key man for the Championship club this term.

Having been awarded the armband at the DW Stadium, Collins went on to deliverer another assured display, almost scoring the winning goal (Sam Vokes later claimed he'd got the last touch on the Kildare man's header) and earning glowing praise from his boss Nathan Jones.

"His temperament is top drawer," Jones told Stoke Cty's official website.

"He doesn't get fazed or carried away by anything and I really believe he is going to go on and enjoy a wonderful career.

"In fairness to the other lads, there were a number of them I could have given the armband to because we have a number of leaders here.

"There are so many of them who were candidates, but I gave it to Nathan because I trust him - he is a good kid, and somebody I have enormous faith and belief in."

Collins has been capped for Ireland at Under-17 and Under-19 level. He's long been on Stephen Kenny's radar, with the Under-21 manager recently saying: "He'll get plenty of opportunities. Nathan is a terrific prospect."

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