NEILL Collins has urged Sheffield United not to rest on their laurels if they win the League One play-off final at Wembley.
Danny Wilson’s side face Huddersfield Town tomorrow for the right to compete in the Championship next term.
Acknowledging United must take nothing for granted against a team likely to include prolific striker Jordan Rhodes, Collins insisted victory could mark the start of a golden era at Bramall Lane.
With neighbours Sheffield Wednesday having already sealed promotion back to the second tier, he said: “We’ve got to take things one step at a time but the Championship, if we get there, should be a stepping stone for this club.
“I think both Sheffield clubs feel as if they could add something to the Premier League.
“And, when you look at the size of support and history, I don’t think anyone could disagree. But, first things first, we’ve got to try and win what is going to be a tough game because there’s nothing between us.”
United are yet to achieve promotion via the play-offs but, as The Star reported yesterday, preparations have been combined with compiling a list of summer transfer targets.
An approach is understood to have been made about the availability of Hearts of Midlothian captain Marius Zaliukas although United’s interest is dependent upon the outcome of their contest with Town.
Collins said: “Some people might have had low expectations of us going into the semi-final against Stevenage and I can probably understand that.
“But we didn’t. We came into these expecting to do well.
“I’m reasonably relaxed. It’s when the whistle blows that I start shouting at people.
“The manager has kept things business as usual all week and we take our lead from him.
“It’s helped us to stay focused.”
Collins worked with Wilson’s counterpart, Simon Grayson, at Leeds before joining United in January last year.
“Simon did a good job there and he brought me to Leeds when things weren’t going quite as I would have liked at my previous club, Preston,” he said.
“I could have stayed at Leeds but when the opportunity arose to come here I decided that was the best option for me.
“We’ve met since then and there’s no no problem between us at all.”