Sheffield United: On-loan star drops hint about his future

Ben Davies could be set to stay at Bramall Lane � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Ben Davies could be set to stay at Bramall Lane � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Ben Davies has provided the clearest indication yet that he will consider joining Sheffield United on a permanent basis this summer after outlining his ambitions for Nigel Clough’s side, writes James Shield.

Davies, on loan from Derby County, is set to scheduled to remain at Bramall Lane until the end of the season when his contract with the Championship club expires.

The former Shrewsbury Town and Notts County midfielder told The Star that United’s recent performances against League One leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers and second-placed Brentford suggest they are capable of mounting a serious challenge for promotion next term.

Although no binding decision has been taken on Davies’ future, Clough confirmed he was contemplating retaining the 32-year-old’s services soon after his arrival from the iPro Stadium.

“We know it’s going to be difficult but we still believe we can make the play-offs,” Davies said. “But there is still an eye on next season.

“We know these are the teams we’ve got to beat it we want to win the league and be right up there. It fills us with confidence in a way because the lads in the dressing room were saying that’s the type of match we’d have lost one or two nil at the start of the season and I thought we looked solid.”

Davies, who worked with Clough in the east Midlands, is expected to make his 13th appearance for United when Leyton Orient visit South Yorkshire tomorrow. However, with Harry Maguire poised to return from suspension, he could be handed a more advanced role after being deployed at full-back following injuries to Bob Harris (thigh) and Matt Hill (hamstring).

“It’s not all about hard work,” Davies said. “There’s some fantastic talent here too.

“The squad as a whole is coming together nicely. Leyton Orient will be another marker.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1