Sheffield United: Scottish tour ‘vital to Blades’

Febian Brandy says friendlies are a time to take risks
Febian Brandy says friendlies are a time to take risks

New arrival Febian Brandy has spoken of the importance of Sheffield United’s pre-season friendlies in fostering a winning mentality at Bramall Lane.

David Weir’s troops travel north of the border tomorrow ahead of their warm-up matches with Greenock Morton, Cowdenbeath and Raith Rovers on Wednesday, Saturday and a week on Wednesday.

Brandy, who turned down a contract extension at Walsall in favour of a move to United, is acutely aware of the significance of the trip to Scotland and the diminutive winger told The Star: “We want to win at anything we do. You want to win in pre-season, but, on the flip-side, you have got to get the basics like your fitness and passing right.

“Sometimes pre-season is the time to take risks and see how much it pays off so you can take it into the season. A successful pre-season sets you up for a good season.”

League One promotion hopefuls United began pre-season training last week and Brandy said: “Pre-season is getting the cobwebs out of your system and just trying to get your body back to normal as much as you can.

“No player likes pre-season but it is something that needs to be done for you to progress in your career. ”

United goalkeeper George Long was an unused sub as England crashed out of the Under-20 World Cup finals following a 2-0 defeat to Egypt.