Sheffield United: Collins warned to reconsider his stance

Neill Collins wants to earn a first team recall with Sheffield United
Neill Collins wants to earn a first team recall with Sheffield United

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough last night refused to offer Neill Collins an olive branch despite the learning the centre-half does not intend to leave Bramall Lane during the transfer window, writes James Shield.

Despite failing to make a appearance since October, Collins is understood to have informed potential suitors that his priority remains earning a first team recall rather than contemplating a temporary move elsewhere.

But, speaking at the Redtooth Academy yesterday, Clough said: “We’ve got Jay McEveley who has done very well there and likewise Terry Kennedy. Chris Basham can play there too and we’ve also got young Harrison McGahey whose a very promising prospect so it doesn’t take a lot of working out.”

“We’ve has a few enquiries for Neill,” Clough added. “But he’s got a slight calf strain at the moment so the main thing he’s doing at the moment is getting fit.”

United host Collins’ former club, Preston North End, in a crucial League One encounter this weekend.

The 31-year-old, who has also represented the likes of Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers after progressing through the ranks at Queens Park, is expected to join fellow defender Ben Davies in the stands for a match which could see Clough’s side climb to fifth. Although Davies has returned to training following injury, he will not be considered for selection against the visitors from Deepdale.

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