SHEFFIELD UNITED: Wolves to add bite to Blades preparations

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SHEFFIELD United are hoping to arrange a game against former top-flight club Wolverhampton Wanderers as Danny Wilson’s preparations for the new League One season continue to gather pace.

But Wilson, whose squad returned to England last night following a week long training camp on Malta, confirmed the fixture is expected to take place behind closed doors.

Although a date for the match has yet to be confirmed, both United’s coaching staff and their counterparts at Molineux are believed to favour a slot just before the first round of Capital One Cup ties on Saturday 11 August.

Wilson told The Star: “We are looking at facing Wolves at some point but it won’t be open to the public I’m afraid.

“We’re not sure when but it’s something that we’re talking about at the moment.”

Wilson hailed United’s stay in the Mediterranean as a “big success” despite admitting some of the conditions his players had encountered had been less than ideal.

“The heat is always a factor,” he said. “And there’s no getting away from that or disguising it but the benefits of going out there far outweight any of the problems we face.

“We didn’t let up on the lads one little bit in terms of their training.

“But because some of the surfaces we played on during our friendlies (against Zejtun Corinthians and Hibernians) weren’t tip top we had to ease up a little bit during them.

“But it’s all about a means to an end at the moment.”

Wilson added: “The welcome we always get in Malta is absolutely brilliant and we are really made to feel at home. We’ve got a good relationship with the island and it’s part of who we are as a club. So it’s vitally important that we come.

“I know all of the lads enjoy it and they get some really good work done.”

United make the short journey to neighbours Rotherham on Tuesday and Wilson predicted the visit to New York Stadium should provide an even more accurate picture of their readiness for the 2012/13 campaign.

“The great thing about going away is that it’s brought all of the boys back together again and also helped the new ones really get to know them and settle in,” Wilson said.

“In terms of spirit that type of thing is worth its weight in gold.”