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Preston defender Neill Collins joins Leeds United

Neill Collins
Collins is manager Simon Grayson's fifth signing of the summer 2010

Preston defender Neill Collins has signed a three-year deal with Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

Collins, who spent nine games on loan at Elland Road last season, is believed to have turned down a move to Leeds' Championship rivals Coventry City.

The 26-year-old told BBC Radio Leeds: "It was close because I had one other really strong offer to consider.

"But when I spoke to Leeds and having been here last year it was an easy decision in the end."

The former, Hartlepool, Sunderland and Wolves player added: "This is the place I wanted to come to. It's a great motivation for me and I'm delighted to be back.

"I left on such a high and obviously I was so keen to come back here.

"It's a step up closer to where Leeds want to be back in the Championship trying to get back into the Premier League. I want to be a part of that."

The Scotsman will join up with the rest of the United squad for training before heading to Slovakia for a two-game pre-season tour.



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