Nigel Adkins, the Sheffield United manager, has described Jay McEveley and Neill Collins as role models for his younger players after praising their contribution during pre-season, writes James Shield.
The duo, who are expected to feature when United complete their warm-up programme against Hull City tomorrow, have forged a solid partnership since being paired together by the 50-year-old at centre-half.
Adkins, who confirmed Jamal Campbell-Ryce will miss the start of the new season with a hamstring problem, said: “I’ve got to say, the way they have conducted themselves every single day has been with the highest professionalism.
“They’ve got experience, they’ve both played at a higher level and they can bring that to the group.”
“It’s cascade learning you want at a football club,” Adkins added. “We’ve got young players here who haven’t sampled it or experienced it and the more we can show them the right environment and culture the better.”
Campbell-Ryce visited hospital yesterday as United look to discover the extent of the injury he sustained at Macclesfield Town in midweek while defender Harrison McGahey is nursing a pelvic problem.
“Jamal was in good nick, we do a lot of sports science and look at how the players are being loaded,” Adkins said. “He wasn’t, he was flying and so that one came out of the blue.”