SHEFFIELD UNITED: Head to head: The central defenders

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LOAN defender Sean Morrison is a rugged, uncompromising footballer and is chasing a second promotion with two different clubs this season.

The 21-year-old joined Huddersfield Town on a temporary basis from parent club Reading, who claimed the title in the Championship a month ago.

Brought in by Lee Clark, Morrison has worked well in tandem with Terriers skipper Peter Clarke at the heart of the defence. Both are fearless and willing to put their bodies on the line for the cause.

It was initially in March 2011 Morrison was snapped up by Clark but, despite naming the Plymouth-born ace on the bench four times, Clark preferred to partner Clarke with Jamie McCombe.

He eventually returned to Reading but he struggled to command a regular first-team place at the Berkshire outfit and was farmed out on loan again to the Terriers.

Standing at 6ft 4in, Morrison is solid in the air and eased the pressure on Clarke’s shoulders.

The combination of youth and experience has served Sheffield United well in their quest to escape League One at the first time of asking. Harry Maguire and Neill Collins have, as a pairing, stood out throughout the campaign and complimented each other well.

Both read the game superbly and have very few lapses in concentration. Maguire, an influential member of United’s team who reached the final of the FA Youth Cup last year, has blossomed alongside Collins, a promotion winner from his stint at Leeds.

Premier League scouts have regularly kept an eye on Maguire this year, with Newcastle United believed to be interested in his signature. The 19-year-old is improving all the time and, although he is not the fastest, his positioning is generally sound.

Collins, meanwhile, is the leader of United’s back four and is in charge of the lion share of the communicating and organising the defensive unit.

In this department, I believe the Blades are slightly stronger and have marked both Maguire and Collins eight out of 10. Clarke is the Terriers defensive lynchpin and he would also get an eight but Morrison is one less at seven.