Sheffield United: Brandy makes pledge to fans

Febian Brandy in action against Atromitos of the Greek Superleague � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Febian Brandy in action against Atromitos of the Greek Superleague � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Febian Brandy says Sheffield United have a duty to entertain their supporters next season, writes James Shield.

The winger, who arrived at Bramall Lane after leaving Walsall earlier this summer, made the admission ahead of Friday’s League One curtain-raiser against Notts County.

“People pay good money to come and watch us,” Brandy told The Star. “Hard-earned money so it’s important they enjoy themselves.

“Results are the most important thing. No one is going to argue with that.

“But I enjoy trying to entertain people. Trying different things when the situation allows.

“Football is all about enjoying yourself surely? That’s why it’s important to play with a smile on your face.”

Brandy, aged 24, brought United followers to their feet by delving deep into his repertoire of flicks and tricks during last week’s friendly with Atromitos FC.

David Weir’s side completed its preparations for the new season 24 hours later at York City.

The former Scotland international has yet to taste defeat since taking charge of the South Yorkshire club in June.

“We’ve got a few lads here who can do something a little bit different,” Brandy said. “A bit out of the ordinary if that’s how you want to put it.

“It’s not showing-off. There are times when it’s vital to have that because it unlocks tight defences.

“You’ve got know when to try them and when to leave it alone. But there are always going to be moments when you need that bit of invention and we’ve got the capability to do that.

“There’s a good mix within the squad and we’re going to work hard for each other.

“We’re not going to start sounding-off about this and that. We’re just going to focus on doing our jobs, trying to improve and do well.

“The manager is like that. You’ve only got to look at his career to see how determined he is.”

Weir, capped 69 times by his country, also represented Falkirk, Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow Rangers and Everton before entering management following a spell on the coaching staff at Goodison Park.

“The work we’ve been doing has been really good,” Brandy added. “Really enjoyable and the (friendly) games we’ve had have been good.

“There’s a nice, tight atmosphere behind the scenes and now we just want to get started.”

Chris Kiwomya, Weir’s counterpart at Meadow Lane, revealed he wants to sign at least three more players following County’s draw with Ipswich Town. Dean Parrett and Adam Coombes, previously of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, both featured during Saturday’s friendly.

“Adam came in and scored,” Kiwomya, who watched United’s 2-2 draw with Atromitos, said. “He’s a goal-scorer and he creates chances.

“Hopefully there might be something there for him and one or two others.

“We’re still looking for more players and if we can get one or two others we will. You always need more.

“We haven’t got a big squad and if we can get one or two more it will be good.”

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