VIDEO: Sheffield United legend Brian Deane's praise for champion Chris Wilder and pride in Hall of Fame award

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Blades hero Brian Deane has hailed the impact of Chris Wilder after a title-winning first season as Sheffield United boss.

Speaking after being inducted into the Hall of Fame at The Star's Football Awards, Deane says he knew as soon as Wilder was appointed that the boyhood Blade would be the right man for the job.

Brian Deane with old Blades boss Dave Bassett at The Star Football Awards

Brian Deane with old Blades boss Dave Bassett at The Star Football Awards

Deane, a former team mate of Wilder's at United, added that the manager's steel-strong links to Bramall Lane made things even more difficult for him to be a success at the club he clearly loves.

"I played with Chris Wilder when I first came to the club; when he got the job I said if anyone can sort this out it will be Chris because he knows the club," said Deane.

"Sometimes people don't realise that a job like Sheffield United, you need someone who understands the club and the culture of the fans and to have the history they shared. It's been ideal, Chris coming in. Make no mistake he was under pressure but he handled it fantastically, he's done a tremendous job."

Deane was a proud addition to the Hall of Fame, joining South Yorkshire football icons like Chris Waddle, Ronnie Moore, John Sheridan, Tony Currie and Chris Morgan.

The Leeds-born striker, who joined United from Doncaster Rovers for the first of three spell at the Lane, in 1988 said he was delighted to be hailed by the region.

"It's nice for me to be recoignised by my peers and my clubs and for my contribution to the sport in this area," he said. "South Yorkshire has been really good to me - I've played at Doncaster, had a fabulous time at Sheffield United, I've taken a bit of stick from Sheffield Wednesday fans but I think they respect me.

"Generally I've enjoyed coming here and it was a great way to cap things off."