SHEFFIELD UNITED: Seven subs is good sign for kids

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WHATEVER plans Danny Wilson may have to upgrade any Academy youngsters into next season’s League One campaign, the reversion to seven substitutes certainly appears to be good news for the up and coming youngsters at Sheffield United.

The Blades boss favours the return to seven players on the subs’ bench whilst acknowledging why clubs wanted it cutting to five last season.

However, he feels that having only five subs meant that some young players were denied the chance to experience being part of the first team action and having that matchday involvement at the senior level they aspire to.

“Just being in the dressing room, being part of the matchday squad, taking it all in, and seeing what it’s like, can be an invaluable part of their development at a vital time of their careers,” he said.

It suggests that Wilson will certainly be looking to pop promising youngsters onto the bench now it is back to seven whereas five rather restricted the options and more or less demanded a senior player capable of going on and making an impact.

The draw for the first round of the Capital One Cup - the Carling Cup last season - takes place today.

United are among the seeded teams in the northern half of the draw. The Yorkshire clubs they could meet from the unseeded half of the draw are Rotherham United, newly-promoted York City and Bradford City.

The league fixtures are out next Monday.

Meanwhile, Barnsley are interested in signing former Sheffield United loanee Keith Treacy who ended last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

Treacy is still under contract at Burnley but Reds boss Keith Hill revealed to The Star earlier this week that he is keen to add “pace” and “width” to his squad - and 23-year-old Treacy could fit the bill. The former Republic of Ireland international played 16 games on loan at Bramall Lane in 2009.