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Neill features in new book

8 May 2014

Neill Collins has contributed to a new football book that is on the market.

The Blades defender has been telling of his experiences to 'The Footballer's Journey: Real-world advice on becoming and remaining a professional footballer'.

The Footballer's Journey maps out the path to the professional game with candid insight and no-nonsense advice.

It examines the reality of becoming a footballer, including the odds of 'making it', how academies really work, the importance of attitude and mindset, and even the value of having a backup plan if things don't quite work out.

Filled with real life stories from current and former professionals across different leagues, The Footballer's Journey provides honest guidance and practical tips on turning a dream into a reality.

Neill's advice in the book includes: "The biggest thing for me is attitude. Having a 'good attitude' is sometimes easier said than done because football can be a cruel game, and people can really knock the stuffing out of you.

"I would also advise you to have belief in yourself. I think you have to take it upon yourself to aid your progress and development. Too many people expect the coach to always tell them what to do, instead of just going out and doing extra running, doing extra weights, and doing extra football themselves.

"It's easy to say that when you've got experience behind you, but you need to be lucky enough to have someone in your family or a good coach tell you that."

Other contributors includes Steve Claridge, Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Ben Amos, Craig Mackail-Smith of Brighton and is co-authored by former Rotherham defender Guy Branston.

The book is available on Amazon now or follow @InspirePlayers on Twitter for more information.

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