Sheffield United: Alcock tips McGahey for the top

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Defender Craig Alcock has tipped fellow Bramall Lane new-boy Harrison McGahey to have a “massive future in the game” after joining him at Sheffield United.

Alcock and 18-year-old McGahey, formerly of Blackpool, enjoyed impressive debuts as a centre-half partnership in Saturday’s opening-day defeat to Bristol City.

And the 26-year-old former Peterborough defender admitted: “I didn’t expect to play centre-half, but it was nice - especially alongside Harrison. He’s big, quick and strong, and I enjoyed playing alongside him. In fact, it was a pleasure.

“He takes on board what you say to him, and if that’s how the gaffer sees it then hopefully it can be a long and successful partnership.

“He’s got a massive future in the game.”

Alcock’s last league appearance at Bramall Lane also ended in defeat, as goals from Ben Davies and Chris Porter gave United a 2-0 victory over Peterborough back in March.

“It’s a lot different here as a home player than an away one,” Alcock said.

“The crowd were fantastic. Hopefully they will stick with us for the rest of the season, and we’ll see where that takes us.”

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