Neill Collins is urging fellow Sheffield United centre-back Terry Kennedy to keep learning off Bramall Lane starlet Harry Maguire.
Kennedy starred alongside Maguire in their derby victory over Rotherham United last week as manager Nigel Clough fielded a youthful side.
But the 20-year-old, who hails from Barnsley, was an unused substitute in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Hull City, with Clough preferring Collins and Maguire in the centre-back positions.
Kennedy has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth at United, featuring a meagre seven times since making his first-team debut nearly three years ago while his teammate, Maguire, has started 160 matches in all competitions.
Collins told The Star: “Terry is an organiser and a good listener. The reason Harry has done so well is because he listens to the advice he gets.
“Terry has got a great role model in Harry, who has played many games, so he can learn an awful lot from him. Harry never lets his standards drop and I think that’s what young people like Terry have got to look at. You have to perform every week.”
Kennedy was given a run-out at Shirecliffe yesterday as United’s Under-21s thumped Leeds United 4-1. Trialist Fraser Fyvie, Joe Ironside, Joel Coustrain and Daniel Cockerline were on target. As well as Wigan midfielder Fyvie, United also had a look at Tottenham full-back Kevin Stewart.
Jake Eastwood, 18, has been included in a two-day England goalkeeping training camp, which takes place at the end of this month.