VIDEO: 200 milestone for 100 per cent Blade Neill Collins

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Neill Collins described himself as “humbled” after making 200 appearances for Sheffield United.

The centre-half celebrated his landmark achievement by scoring the equaliser during Saturday’s draw with Southend.

Neill Collins celebrates his goal

Neill Collins celebrates his goal

Speaking afterwards, Collins said: “I’m a realist, I know I’m probably not going to get to 400 appearances here. But I’m just humbled to have made 200 for such a great club.

“Everyone, hopefully, knows I’ve always given 100 per cent. It might not always have been to the quality some people think it should be or would like, but I’ve always given absolutely everything for this club.

“My appearance record won’t matter when we get promoted.”

Collins, who was on loan at United from Sunderland nine years ago, completed a permanent transfer to Bramall Lane in January 2011 after leaving Yorkshire rivals Leeds.

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Despite losing his place under Nigel Clough last term, the former Scotland under-21 and B international was restored to the side following Nigel Adkins’ appointment during the close season.

Adkins has placed great emphasis on United’s work at dead-ball situations, and three of the four goals during last weekend’s contest came via that route.

Collins, aged 32, turned the ball home from close range when Southend, who had earlier led 2-0, failed to decisively clear Jose Baxter’s corner. The result saw United remain eighth in the League One table ahead of their visit to Walsall.

“That might be only my second goal with my feet, I’m not sure,” Collins said.

“You might be surprised to know that I’ve actually got quite a good record with my feet in training. Ask the manager.

“We need goals from everywhere and we’ve spoken about the importance of everybody chipping in.”

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