DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has insisted that signing players on loan must become the exception rather than the rule at Bramall Lane next season.
Although Wilson refused to rule-out dipping into the temporary transfer market, he told The Star that blending permanent acquisitions with home grown talent is his top priority this summer.
Revealing that players must demonstrate they can “bring something different to the table” before being considered for short-term deals, Wilson said: “It would be impossible and stupid to say that we’ll never bring in someone on loan but we’ve got to use them carefully.
“It’s much better to have players who are your own. That goes without saying so that’s what we’ll be focusing on.”
United have been heavily criticised for relying too heavily on loans in recent years with Kevin McCabe, the club’s plc chairman, admitting that its board of directors should have taken a tougher line with some of Wilson’s predecessors.
Instead, United’s academy and development squads must now be the first port of call in the event of an injury crisis.
Micky Adams, who was sacked after failing to preserve United’s Championship status last term, deployed youngsters such as Danny Philliskirk, Harry Maguire, Terry Kennedy, Matthew Harriott and George Long towards the end of his reign.
Meanwhile, Hartlepool manager Mick Wadsworth has criticised Football League fixture planners for ordering his team play away from home on both the first and last day of the League One programme. United, who have been handed the same task, travel to Victoria Park in the first round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday August 9 (kick-off 7.30pm).
“I just do not understand how you can be away from home on both the first game and the last game of the season,” Wadsworth said. “It’s always been one or the other as far as I can remember.
“It makes no sense to me.”