SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson will urge his players to begin their pre-season programme with a win despite admitting fitness and organisation will be the League One club’s top priorities over the next few weeks.
Wilson returns to the dug-out for the first time since taking charge at Bramall Lane when his team visit neighbours Sheffield FC this weekend.
Tomorrow’s match at the BT Local Business Stadium (kick-off 3pm) sees United’s preparations for the 2011/12 campaign begin in earnest, with a game against Worksop Town also scheduled before Wilson’s squad establish a warm-weather training camp on the island of Malta.
Players such as Nick Montgomery, who is known to interest Yorkshire rivals Leeds, Daniel Bogdanovic and Stephen Quinn have revealed the former Northern Ireland international is refusing to dilute the usual diet of circuit runs and conditioning tests despite admitting he wants to help United shed their long-ball image.
But, describing himself as ‘results driven’, Wilson said: “We want to get into a winning habit and, as everyone knows, the only way you do that is by winning games.
“I don’t like losing and I don’t like players who are happy losing either.”
Wilson added: “At this time of the year there are plenty of things to work on like making sure people are in the right shape and ready for when the so-called ‘proper’ stuff starts.
“But, as far as I’m concerned, that doesn’t mean you should be happy if you lose a game of football either.”
Lecsinel Jean-Francois, signed on a free transfer after parting company with Swindon Town, is expected to feature against Sheffield FC.
With transfer activity at United limited so far, youngsters such as Matt Harriott, Danny Philliskirk, George Long and Terry Kennedy will all be hoping for an opportunity to impress after forcing themselves into first-team contention last season.