SHEFFIELD UNITED: Nick Blackman praise for senior stars

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LEADING goalscorer Nick Blackman has revealed his admiration for two of Sheffield United’s senior players.

Neill Collins and Michael Doyle are regarded as integral cogs of the South Yorkshire club’s dressing room. Both Collins and Doyle have featured prominently under Danny Wilson and played influential roles in the club climbing into the automatic promotion placings in League One.

Blackman, who has notched nine goals in 18 appearances since joining the Blades in the summer, told The Star: “It is brilliant working with Neill and Michael. They don’t let anyone get carried away with anything. If you are slacking, they will tell you in no uncertain terms. It is great for the team to have people like that. It means you can’t ever rest on your laurels.”

No nonsense centre-half Collins is expected to extend his contract at Bramall Lane soon. The Scot has provisionally agreed terms following negotiations with United’s hierarchy.

“Neill is a big character and is an experienced player for us,” Blackman conceded. “He is fantastic and along with Harry (Maguire), who is going to be a great player himself, is important to the side.”

Although Blackman is happy with his form, the former Macclesfield Town trainee insists there is more to come.

“I’ve only scored nine goals so it’s nothing to really shout about,” said the 22-year-old. “I’ve got a long way to go and the most important thing is the team and getting promotion.

“I’m working hard and just trying to do my bit for the team.”