Sheffield United ‘no’ to Wembley

All smiles: Neill Collins looks forward to Wembley.
All smiles: Neill Collins looks forward to Wembley.
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SHEFFIELD United have broken with tradition by refusing the opportunity to visit Wembley before Saturday’s League One play-off final with Huddersfield Town.

Danny Wilson, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, offered his players the chance to look around the national stadium as part of their preparations for this weekend’s clash with Simon Grayson’s side.

But Wilson revealed the likes of centre-half Neill Collins and captain Michael Doyle had opted against the idea, saying: “We’re not going to have a look around and the reason is that the lads didn’t want to. We left it up to them and that was their answer.

“The only thing we are doing differently is travelling down to London a day earlier than we would usually purely because of the sheer volume of traffic that’s likely to be on the roads.

“Yes, it’s a great ground and there’ll be a terrific atmosphere. But I’m not bothered about that distracting our lads because they’ve already been experiencing exactly the same thing at Bramall Lane every other week.”

Collins, who together with Harry Maguire is likely to be charged with nullifying the threat posed by Town striker Jordan Rhodes, shed further light on the decision.

“We don’t always go and have a look around where we

are playing beforehand,” he said. “We didn’t go and have a look around Hartlepool’s ground before we played there so why would we do something different now?”

Meanwhile, sources in north of the border claimed last night that United have enquired about the availability of Hearts centre-half Marius Zaliukas.

The Lithuanian, who can also operate in a defensive midfield role, captained the Edinburgh club to Scottish FA Cup success over arch-rivals Hibernian last weekend.