Sheffield United: Chris Morgan backs Jamie Murphy

Jamie Murphy in action for Sheffield United
Jamie Murphy in action for Sheffield United

SHEFFIELD United coach Chris Morgan says Jamie Murphy can become the scourge of League One defences, writes James Shield.

Morgan, the former Barnsley and United centre-half, delivered the verdict after watching the 23-year-old at close quarters following his recent move from Motherwell.

“Jamie is a genuine threat,” Morgan said. “He’s got a good turn of pace and he likes to get the ball, be direct and have a ‘go.’

“All defenders will tell you, those are the attributes which make their job so difficult.”

Meanwhile, United will continue to invite offers for players on the periphery of manager Danny Wilson’s squad.

The policy forms part of the club’s response to new financial measures, including Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP), which were rolled-out across the third tier of English football last summer.

Despite the restrictions upon United’s spending, Wilson captured Murphy and Danny Higginbotham, previously of Stoke City, earlier this month while goalkeeper Danny Coyne’s short-term contract has also been extended.

David McAllister, the Irish midfielder, recently joined rivals Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed sum but the arrival of Higginbotham and Murphy is likely to have edged United closer to the 65 per cent wages/turnover cut-off point permitted by SCMP.

Contrary to reports, United have not held talks with Lee Williamson after he was released by Portsmouth.

United visit Notts County on Saturday.