Sheffield United: Macca targets curtain-raiser against County

Tony McMahon (left) and Robbie Simpson of Oldham Athletic � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Tony McMahon (left) and Robbie Simpson of Oldham Athletic � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Tony McMahon, the Sheffield United defender, is determined to force himself into David Weir’s starting eleven when Notts County visit Bramall Lane next month despite only just returning from injury, writes James Shield.

McMahon made his long-awaited comeback at Alfreton Town earlier this week, three months after succumbing to an Achilles problem.

Having completed 45 minutes of Monday’s under-21 friendly against Nicky Law’s side, he told The Star: “My target is appearing in the team that begins the League One season (against County) on August 2. That’s what I’m aiming for.

“I know I’ve been out a while and missed a lot of pre-season but I feel really fit and I actually tried to persuade the gaffer to let me stay on at half-time. But, because this was only meant to be a run-out, he did the right thing.

“Getting the full-backs forward is something we’re being urged to do now and I think that’s going to really suit my game.”

United entertain Atromitos FC on Friday before completing their preparations for the new campaign 24 hours later at York City.

Revealing he sacrificed his summer holiday to accelerate his recovery, McMahon said: “I didn’t go away. I came in every day over summer and worked hard with the physios so a big thanks to them.”

Weir, the United manager, also selected Ryan Flynn at the Impact Arena. The Scot aggravated a hip complaint soon after reporting back for pre-season training.

“Both Tony and Ryan came through okay,” Weir said. “That’s good news for us because they’re talented players and it’s obviously good for them too.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1