SHEFFIELD UNITED: Neill says boss persuaded him to agree a deal

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NEILL Collins described Danny Wilson as one of the best managers he has encountered during his 11 year career after officially signing a new contract with Sheffield United.

Collins, speaking after putting pen to paper on a deal which could tie him to Bramall Lane until 2015, told The Star that the opportunity to continue working with Wilson was a major factor behind his decision.

“I’ve played under lots of good ones but the gaffer is right up there with the best,” Collins said. “It’s no secret that I’ve done my best under Danny and Mick (McCarthy) and without being disrespectful to anyone else those are the two at the top for me.

“People should never under-estimate what an effect a good manager can have on a dressing room. They don’t always see what goes on behind the scenes.

“Sometimes a manager can come out and say the players have been terrible and you think: ‘I know but if people saw what we’ve been doing in the week they’d know why.’

“Good managers - and that’s what Danny and Mick are - make sure everyone understands what they should be doing.”

Collins, aged 29, represented Sunderland, Wolves, Leeds and Preston before Wilson’s predecessor Micky Adams brought him to South Yorkshire in 2011. As this newspaper recently reported, the defender provisionally agreed terms with United last month but formally completed the paperwork ahead of today’s game at MK Dons.

Collins’ agreement, guaranteed for at two years, contains a clause giving the club an option on his services for a further season.