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SHEFFIELD United manager Micky Adams last night launched a scathing attack on the culture of lethargy he believes is endemic in the modern game.

Adams, whose side return to action at Portsmouth tomorrow, was speaking after admitting that United’s predicament towards the bottom of the Championship table is hampering his efforts in the loan market.

Confirming that trialist Roy Carroll will not be offered a contract at Bramall Lane - “He needs a pre-season and we haven’t got time at the moment” - Adams said: “A lot of fringe players in the Premier League don’t want to play reserve games. That’s the modern footballer; they don’t want to play and if they don’t have to they’d rather not.

“They are happy picking up their money. They don’t have to do anything other than turn up for training.

“It’s an easy life. Why put their necks on the block having a little battle at Sheffield United? I don’t understand it, but there you go.”

With Carroll departing and Richard Wright suffering a setback in his battle against injury, Adams is continuing his search for a goalkeeper capable of challenging Steve Simonsen.

“We had a deal with a Premiership club last week but the lad, who I’m not going to name, didn’t want to come,” he said.

However, the return of midfielder Nick Montgomery to training has handed Adams a boost ahead of the visit to Fratton Park. Defender Joe Mattock and striker Sam Vokes also come into contention.

“Monty is a winner; he’s a leader and he cares passionately about this football club,” said Adams. “He’s had chances to leave in the past but he’s stuck by us. That type of character can rub off on the rest of the team.

“When the captain (Chris Morgan) got injured he took over the armband and he doesn’t want to be captain of a United side that gets relegated. He’s come back earlier than everyone thought and that tells you a lot about him.”

Adams, who is still searching for his first win since being appointed in December, added: “All three would be calculated risks but we’ve got to the stage now where we’ve got to consider taking those.”

United have frozen season ticket prices next year.