Archie Collins, a midfielder from Edington near Bridgwater, came through the academy from an early age and was a key member of the 2022 promotion team. After helping City to a respectable finish in League One in 2022/23, Archie joined Peterborough United having played 220 times for the Grecians.
Archie who went to secondary school in Street, and had two younger borthers - Eli and Zeph - following in his footsteps as Exeter City trainees, had first attended an Exeter City Community Trust Holiday Club at the age of six and had played for the academy for many years before becoming a trainee in 2015 and a professional in April 2017. During 2017/18 he had loan spells at Weston-super-Mare and Dorchester Town whilst also making his Exeter first-team debut in the EFL Trophy against Chelsea under-21 on 28 November 2017.
After playing against Ipswich Town and Fulham in August 2018 Archie made his league debut on 22 September 2018 as a substitute against Cheltenham. From then on Archie never looked back and quickly, in an unfussy way, became a regular first-teamer. He scored his first league goal - a 25-yard strike - against Swindon Town on 1 January 2019.
Archie clocked up 26 league appearances in 2018/19 to be followed by 39 in the truncated 2019/20 season, 46 in 2020/21 and - after agreeing a new contract in summer 2021 through to 2023 - 38 as the club won promotion in 2021/22. Counting all competitions Archie made his 200th Exeter City appearance at Oxford on 1 January 2023. During this time he had also scored thirteen goals for the club.
Archie subsequently made his 220th appearance for the Grecians in all competitions against Morecambe on 7 May 2023 before, having rejected a new contract with City, signing for Peterborough United in June 2023 for an undisclosed amount that was described by the Peterborough chairman as a "big six-figure fee".
League 194 (including 3 play-off); Cups 26 (220)