Sheffield United: Boss won’t push stars through the exit door

Chris Porter has been challenged to win back a starting place � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Chris Porter has been challenged to win back a starting place � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

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Sheffield United have yet to receive any enquiries for players on the periphery of their first team squad, Nigel Clough confirmed last night.

Andy Butler and Chris Porter are among those being linked with loan moves away from Bramall Lane after failing to command regular places in the manager’s plans during the opening weeks of the new season.

But Clough, despite admitting earlier this week that he “hates to see” players sitting on the bench, insisted that neither they or midfielder Stephen McGinn will be forced through the exit door before Monday’s transfer deadline.

“We’ve not received approaches for anyone,” Clough said. “A few of the lads are out of the squad but, to be honest, we’re not in a hurry to lose any of them.”

Butler, the former Walsall centre-half, has made just one appearance since arriving in South Yorkshire earlier this summer while Porter, who agreed a new contract two months ago, has fallen behind fellow strikers Michael Higdon and Marc McNulty in the pecking order.

“There’s always a way back in for people,” Clough said. “Nothing is set in stone and Neill Collins and Michael Doyle are proof of that.

“They weren’t in at the beginning but they’ve come back and they’re involved again now. You’ve just got to keep on working hard in those situations, working hard in every training session or game that you play because it’s a long season.”

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