HARRY Maguire has pledged his future to Sheffield United.
The teenage defender boasts admirers at both top-flight and Championship level but is prepared to turn his back on a big-money move away from Bramall Lane and repay a debt of gratitude to manager Danny Wilson instead.
“My future is here,” Maguire said. “In three, four or five years hopefully we’ll be in the Premiership.
“I’d be willing to wait. It’s never crossed my mind to leave.
“I feel a loyalty to this team. This is a great football club.
“I’ve got a three-year contract and we all think we are capable of promotion.”
Fulham, Newcastle and Leicester City are among those clubs known to have monitored Maguire’s progress before last month’s transfer deadline.
But United made it plain they were not prepared to consider offers for the 19-year-old who has forged a formidable partnership with Neill Collins at centre-half.
Maguire is expected to make the 67th senior appearance of his career when Wilson’s fifth-placed side visit Scunthorpe today.
“Our main aim now is to get out of League One,” Maguire added. “That’s the only thing we are focused on right now.”
United travel to Glanford Park having won two and drawn two of their opening four games in the league.
Their opponents are bottom and still searching for their first points of the new campaign.
But Maguire warned: “Scunny are always tough. It’s a really hard place to go and play and we certainly won’t be taking them lightly.
“No way at all, but we’re confident in our own ability.”
Striker Chris Porter is again absent through injury while Wilson will assess new signing Dave Kitson before deciding whether to include him on the bench.
Lecsinel Jean-Francois could return to training “within a week” after travelling to France for tests following a serious injury.