Febian Brandy has returned to Walsall on loan after falling foul of manager Nigel Clough’s strict disciplinary code, writes James Shield.
But the Sheffield United midfielder, who arrived at Bramall Lane following a short spell at the Banks’s Stadium, has been reassured that the move does not mark the end of his career in South Yorkshire.
Brandy seemed destined to become a key member of Clough’s starting eleven before collecting his second red card of the season at Shrewsbury Town earlier this term and has been used sparingly since.
“Loans should be viewed as a positive if you’re not involved,” Clough said. “It’s a chance to play football and that puts you in a better shape to impress at your parent club.”
Clough, who blamed Brandy’s indiscretion for November’s defeat at Greenhous Meadow, admitted the 24-year-old had to regain his team mates’ trust after also being dismissed three months earlier against MK Dons.
Having featured regularly on the bench in recent weeks, that process was gathering pace until Jamie Murphy’s resurgent form blocked his route into Clough’s first choice eleven.
Signed by the former England international’s predecessor David Weir after leaving Walsall during the close season, Brandy has made 15 appearances for United and claimed two assists. He is scheduled to remain in the Midlands until the end of the campaign when his position will be reassessed.
Meanwhile, United have announced a new date for their League One fixture at Colchester now takes place on Tuesday 25 February (kick-off 7.45pm).