Manager Nigel Adkins has assured Marc McNulty that he still has a future at Sheffield United, despite allowing the striker to join Portsmouth on loan yesterday.
The Scottish striker will remain on the south coast until January after linking up with Paul Cook’s Pompey on an emergency loan deal.
But Adkins quashed fans’ fears that McNulty’s days at Bramall Lane are numbered.
“We’ve got a huge squad so, from a business point of view, it makes sense,” Adkins, speaking ahead of this afternoon’s FA Cup first-round tie at home to Worcester City, said.
“But I’ve got to be fair to the players, too, and this is a great chance for Marc to get some games.
“He’s under contract here for another couple of years and we think he’s a very talented footballer.
“Pompey might be a division below but they’re challenging for promotion, and getting big crowds.
“Here, I have four top strikers in Billy Sharp, Conor Sammon, Che Adams and Matt Done, plus Michael Higdon out on loan and a few players who can play behind the main striker.
“So it’s a good move for him, a good chance to go out, play some games and score some goals.
“But he’s still a Sheffield United player and I am not looking to sell him.”
McNulty, who arrived at Bramall Lane last May from Livingston, has scored once in his eight appearances for United this term and links up with ex-Blades Michael Doyle and Ben Davies at Fratton Park.
“Michael and Ben have both told me a lot about the place,” McNulty said.
“It’s not often that such a big club wants you to play for them and I’m determined to take advantage of that.”