Harry’s pledge to stay

Blades boy: Harry Maguire came though the United ranks
Blades boy: Harry Maguire came though the United ranks

HARRY Maguire has re-affirmed his commitment to Sheffield United despite attracting interest from the Premier League.

Fulham and Newcastle have both been monitoring the teenager in recent weeks after a series of impressive displays helped Danny Wilson’s side climb to fourth in the League One table.

Maguire, who has become a first-team fixture since helping the club reach last season’s FA Youth Final, revealed his dream is to represent United at the highest level rather than take a short cut to the top-flight.

Maguire, who signed a four year deal earlier this term, said: “I’m contracted to Sheffield United and I’m focused on trying to help us get promotion.

“Like everyone else, I’d love to play in the Premier League, but in a few more years I want to do that here with Sheffield United.

“I try and stay away from all the speculation and concentrate on my game.

“It’s nice in a way because it shows I must be doing something right. But I don’t really take any notice.”

Maguire’s contemporary, Jordan Slew left, United for Blackburn Rovers four months ago but the defender added: “Jordan went there but he’s not really been playing much.

“I wish him all the best and he obviously felt it was right for him but what I feel is right for me is to be playing games.”

United will climb to second if they overcome Yeovil Town this evening.

Maguire, who is expected to start against Gary Johnson’s side, cited fellow centre-half Neill Collins as “a massive influence” but also thanked manager Wilson for helping progress his career.

“The gaffer has been great to me,” Maguire said. “He’s a great coach and an excellent manager.

“He’s nice, he’s kind and he is always taking me to one side to give me some advice and that fills me with confidence.

“Neill has been brilliant too and he’s also been a big part in helping me play well. He’s always in my ear during matches and during training.”

Wilson, who hopes Matthew Lowton (hamstring) will return to action against Yeovil, dismissed claims Maguire could be distracted by his new-found fame.

“Harry is a bright lad,” Wilson said. “He’s got fantastic parents who I’ve met and they’ll give him good advice. When you play regularly at his age people are bound to take a look. He’s learning all the time and he’s got no reason to look elsewhere.”