Febian Brandy has been handed a Sheffield United lifeline - if he is prepared to work for it.
Bramall Lane boss Nigel Clough has challenged Brandy, whose United career to date has been disrupted by two petulant red cards, to follow the example of teammate Jamie Murphy, who has forced his way into United’s first team with a series of industrious displays.
“Febian’s been out for around six weeks now, and he’s got a lot to do to get back in the team,” Clough said.
“But we’ve seen what Jamie Murphy can do now - he had a slow start when I came here, but he’s come back into contention and after his goal against Cambridge, he got a start against Swindon last weekend.
“Anyone can do that if they work hard enough.”
Murphy scored after coming on as an early substitute in United’s FA Cup win at Cambridge, and could keep his place for this weekend’s trip to Stevenage.
“I’m happy to have forced my way back into the gaffer’s plans, and I feel happy with the way I’ve performed since the FA Cup game,” the former Scottish U21 international said.
“I always feel like I train hard and give my best every single day, so it’s good to see that rewarded with a place in the team.”