CHRIS Porter has vowed to silence his critics by firing Sheffield United into promotion contention next season.
The former Derby County striker joined Danny Wilson’s side earlier this month after two and a half injury-plagued years at Pride Park.
But Porter, who shot to prominence during prolific spells at Oldham Athletic and Motherwell, is determined to prove a point by helping his new employers regain their Championship status at the first attempt.
“There’s definitely a part of me that wants to show people I’m over all that now, that it’s a thing of the past,” he said. “And the way to do that is by getting goals here. It’s something that’s going to spur me on even more, that’s for sure.
“I’ve worked hard and all of that’s behind me now so I’m just looking forward to doing my best for Sheffield United.
“This is a great opportunity for me at what, no matter what has happened recently, is still a great club.
“I just want to get back in the team, get back involved again and, most importantly, put the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis.
“If we can do that then I’m sure we’ll be up there challenging.”
United begin their League One campaign with a visit to Boundary Park, where Porter scored 28 times in 66 league appearances before moving to Motherwell in 2007.
“It’s a division I know and one where I’ve done well in the past so that gives me plenty of confidence,” he added.
“I know what’s required there and I know I can do it but hopefully we won’t be there for any longer than is necessary.
“It’s a tough competition, just as competitive as the Championship in my opinion.”
Porter has spent the past week in Malta where United continued their preparations with a 2-1 friendly win over Hibernians yesterday. The win was marred by the dismissal of Harry Maguire, for felling an opponent in the penalty area.
“I was unlucky at Derby because I hurt my hip and then aggravated it,” Porter said.
“But I feel absolutely fine now.”