Chris vows to be back for Blades

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CHRIS Morgan, the Sheffield United captain, remains committed to regaining his place at the heart of the Bramall Lane club’s back four despite admitting he is entering the twilight of his career.

CHRIS Morgan, the Sheffield United captain, remains committed to regaining his place at the heart of the Bramall Lane club’s back four despite admitting he is entering the twilight of his career.

Morgan’s decision to accept a place on Danny Wilson’s coaching staff prompted concerns that the centre-half, who hopes to return from injury before Christmas, would be relegated to a supporting role when the new manager unveils his re-vamped first team squad later this summer.

But armed with a glowing reference from the former Northern Ireland international, combined with the reassuring words of the consultant charged with repairing his damaged knee ligaments, Morgan rejected claims that he is preparing to step away from the coal face.

“I’m not daft and I know that I’m not getting any younger,” he said. “So, when you get to this stage, if you want to stay in the game then inevitably you start to think about what you might like to do.

“But I’m confident that I’ve got a good few years left in me yet and I’m looking forward to getting back out there and helping the lads as soon as is sensible.”

Morgan, aged 33, has not featured since hobbling off midway through October’s fixture with Coventry City.

Wilson, who replaced Micky Adams at the helm last month when his predecessor failed to prevent United from relegation, has cited his absence as a major factor behind Bramall Lane’s demise.

Despite admitting that he wants to recruit “a couple of edge of your seat type players” this summer, Wilson acknowledges that combative performers such as Morgan will provide a platform for those creative schemers, should they materialise, to flourish in what he recently warned is a physically uncompromising division.

“The gaffer has told me that he wants me to be ready and out there,” said Morgan. “And that was good to hear because when someone new comes in you always know there are going to be changes.

“But, even when I do get fit, I know that I can’t take anything for granted because that’s not the type of person Danny is.

“He’s got great man-management skills but, equally, he doesn’t let anyone rest on their laurels which is a good thing.”

Morgan, who made his professional debut under Wilson at Barnsley, is dividing his time between the treatment room and classroom during an enforced break which, by his own admission, has proved a frustrating test of patience.

“I’m starting my coaching badges properly and that’s going to give me something to do rather than mope around the house,” he said. “So I think my wife is going to be happy about that although I do owe her an apology because we might not be able to get away as much as we’d usually like.”