The Coventry-born forward is set to make his Hibs debut against Motherwell on Sunday, days after completing his move from Swindon in a reported £200,000 deal.
Collins had no point of reference to discuss his move north but saw the chance to shine in the Scottish top flight as too good to turn down.
The 22-year-old has shown a willingness to make bold decisions throughout his career - leaving Aston Villa to make his mark with promotion-winning Shrewsbury before switching to League One side Swindon, where he netted 18 goals last season.
Collins said: "I played against a few of the players when I was younger like Tom (Taiwo) and Ryan McGivern.
"I don't know many people that have been up here.
"It was just a decision I had to make and as a young lad it was a no-brainer to come up and play in the top league of Scotland.
"Coming to the top tier in Scotland is a great progression for my career.
"As a young striker, if you can do well in the top tier in Scotland then it's definitely good for your career."
Collins has big boots to fill given that his signing is in part the replacement for Leigh Griffiths, who scored 28 goals on loan last season before returning to Wolves.
But Collins is relishing the opportunity to replace Griffiths in the hearts of the Hibs faithful.
"It's a great challenge for me," the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international said. "He did really well last year for the club and he was a hero. If I do half as well as him then I'll be happy."