Lane arrival backs Sheffield United to beat the drop

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NEILL Collins last night warned Sheffield United that reputations count for nothing in the battle for Championship survival.

But the former Leeds centre-half, who is poised to make his ‘debut’ for Micky Adams’ side at Ipswich Town tomorrow, remains confident they possess the qualities required to avoid relegation.

Collins said: “I’ve not been involved in a relegation battle before but I know what it takes to win games and that’s the same at the top or the bottom of the table.

“That’s what it’s all about now. Winning. Not talking about how unlucky we’ve been after.

“Things do tend to go against you when you are in this position but we’ve got to go out there and put things right on the pitch.

“We can’t argue that we’re in a false position because that’s what you’ve got league tables for. In the Championship, teams on paper don’t count for much. It’s all about results.”

Nevertheless Collins, who agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract before watching United slip into the bottom three when they were beaten by Leicester on Tuesday evening, insisted his new employers have the ability to start climbing the rankings.

Collins, who played alongside teammates Michael Doyle and Shane Lowry at Elland Road, made two loan appearances for United earlier in his career.

“When you talk to the manager you can tell his passion for the club,” Collins added.

“He was a massive part of me coming here. Likewise, when you see people like Michael coming in that sends out the right message. If you are signing people like him then it can only be a positive thing.

“I kept in touch with him and he’s a very determined character.

“I could have easily stayed at Leeds but I’m delighted to be here. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”