Hometown: Troon, Scotland
Previous Club: Sheffield United (England)
Neill Collins signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 11, 2016, from England's Sheffield United FC.
After joining the Blades in 2011, Collins made more than 200 appearances, proving one of the most reliable players at the club.
Collins has played for some of England’s most storied clubs in the English Championship and League One after a youth career that began in his native Scotland for Queen’s Park. Collins joined Sunderland in 2004, where he remained until 2007, and enjoyed loan spells at Hartlepool United, Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Collins made his loan spell to Wolves permanent in 2007 and would go on to make 81 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals from the back line. After appearing on loan for Preston North End, Collins joined Leeds United in 2010 before joining the Blades permanently in 2011. In over 200 appearances for Sheffield United to date, Collins has scored 14 goals.
A native of Troon, Scotland, Collins represented his country at the youth level, earning seven caps for the Under-21 national team.
2016 Stats: Twenty-one appearances (20 starts), playing 1,759 minutes ... One goal, one assist ... Scored on 4/30 vs FTL ... Made Rowdies debut as a starter on 4/2 vs IND ... Named to the NASL Team of the Week for Spring week 2.
2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Two appearances (both starts), playing 180 minutes ... One assist, for Georgi Hristov on 6/1 vs FC Cincinnati.
2015: Began the year with Sheffield United of League One in England ... Made 8 appearances for the club (718 minutes) and scored one goal against Chesterfield on 10/4... Was loaned to Port Vale on 3/25 ... Made 7 starts, recording 1 yellow card ... Returned to Sheffield on 5/31 ... Thirty appearances (all starts), playing 2,591 for Sheffield ... Three goals on 8/29, 10/10 and 11/14.
2014: Forty-four appearances for Sheffield United, playing 3,849 minutes ... Scored against Brentford on 8/10 and against Port Vale on 10/19.
2013: Spent the 2012/2013 season with Sheffield United ... 41 appearances (40 starts), playing 3,572 minutes ... Scored on 9/8/12 vs Scunthorpe United, on 9/22/12 vs Yeovil Town, on 11/17/12 vs Stevenage and on 12/8/12 vs Carlisle United.
2012: Forty-five appearances (all starts) for Sheffield United, playing 4,077 minutes ... Scored on 2/14 vs Huddersfield Town and on 3/20 vs Notts County.
2011: Twenty-one appearances (20 starts) for Leeds United of the English Championship league, playing 1,800 minutes ... Fourteen appearances (all starts) for Sheffield United in the English Championship league, playing 1,260 minutes ...
2010: Twenty appearances (19 starts) for Preston North End in the English Championship league, playing 1,741 minutes ... scored on 1/30 vs Ipswich Town ... Nine appearances (all starts) for Leeds United of the English League One, playing 810 minutes.
2009: Twenty-three appearances (20 starts) for Wolverhamption Wanderers of the English Championship league ... Scored goals on 10/21 vs Norwich City, on 12/20 vs Doncaster Rovers, on 12/26 vs Sheffield United and on 1/17 vs Bristol City.
2008: Thirty-nine appearances for Wolvershampton ... Scored on 10/6 vs Coventry City and on 3/18 vs Scunthorpe United.
2007: Seven appearances for Sunderland in the English Championship league ... Scored one goal ... Thirty-nine appearances for Wolverhampton ... Scored two goals.
2006: Twenty-two appearances for Hartlepool United in the English League One ... Two appearances for Sheffield United in the English Championship League ... Zero appearances for Sunderland in the English Premier League.