Sheffield United: Blades want hungry players, insists boss Chris Wilder

Doncaster's Richie Chaplow battles with Bury's Chris Hussey
Doncaster's Richie Chaplow battles with Bury's Chris Hussey

Chris Wilder has reiterated his desire for players to join Sheffield United “for the right reasons”.

The new Blades boss, who took over from Nigel Adkins after United’s 11th-placed finish in League One last season, has adopted a more hands-on approach with the Bramall Lane budget and is determined to deliver value for money in the transfer market this summer.

Two players, former Birmingham winger Mark Duffy and ex-Bury wing-back Chris Hussey, have already made the switch to South Yorkshire and Wilder - who released ten players and transfer-listed a further seven members of the squad he inherited from Adkins - expects more incomings soon.

Providing, he insists, the players aren’t simply eyeing a bumper payday from United.

“We’re working hard to bring players in, and there’s plenty going on behind the scenes,” Wilder, a boyhood Blades fan, insisted.

“We only want the right people, though, and I think that’s important. And they’ve got to come here for the right reasons too. Not for the money but because they want to be here.

“Players have got to look after themselves financially, of course. We get that. But we only want people who want to be here for the right reasons, because this is a fantastic football club.”

Wilder, who has placed three centre-halves at the top of his summer shopping list, missed out on striker Alex Revell - who elected to join his former club Northampton instead - and yesterday saw another ex-player of his, Ricky Holmes, join Charlton from the Cobblers.

“The two we’ve got in, Mark and Chris, showed that attitude that we’re talking about,” Wilder added.

“We’ve got two good players there.

“Mark, you can just feel, is going to enjoy the challenge here.

“You sensed that when we showed him around.

“And Chris is at that stage when he wants to really kick on and we think he can do that. He showed he can at Bury.”

Meanwbile, former Blades defender Harrison McGahey yesterday agreed a two-year deal with Rochdale.

The former Blackpool defender was released by United and will join their League One rivals on July 1.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Rochdale,” the 20-year-old said.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge and to the season ahead. When I spoke to Keith Hill, I liked what he had to say and I had no doubts about signing here.”