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Sheffield United: Brayford blow for Blades

John Brayford

John Brayford

Sheffield United have been dealt an apparent blow in their pursuit of John Brayford, after Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that the right-back will be given the chance to prove himself at the Welsh club.

United, who yesterday cancelled Febian Brandy’s contract by mutual consent, had hoped to pursuade the 26-year-old to return to South Yorkshire after a highly-successful loan spell at Bramall Lane last term.

But Brayford’s form - which helped Nigel Clough’s side finish seventh in League One, and reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup - has persuaded Bluebirds boss Solskjaer to take a second look at him when pre-season training starts next week.

Following City’s relegation last term, sources in Wales suggest that Solskjaer is prepared to give every member of his huge squad - including Brayford and striker Nicky Maynard - the chance to impress.

“They [Brayford and Maynard] have shown they are quality players,” Solskjaer said.

“They went out to play regular first-team football and did well.

“John showed his ability while playing for Sheffield United, while I know all about Nicky.

“John, Nicky and the other lads out on loan are part of our football club. We kept a regular check on how they are doing and they will be back with us for pre-season.”

Brayford, who played under Clough at Burton Albion and Derby County, made a £1.5 million move to the Welsh capital last year following City’s promotion to the Premier League but has yet to make a league appearance for his parent club.

A hugely popular member of Clough’s squad, Brayford made 20 appearances in United colours and scored twice, including the second goal against Charlton to send them to their FA Cup semi-final against Hull City at Wembley.

Meanwhile, United are close to breaking the 10,000 barrier in season-ticket sales, managing director Mal Brannigan has revealed.

“We are delighted with the figures,” Brannigan said,

“We think the figures reflect the optimism for the next campaign.”

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