Sheffield United: Andy has no plans to be cast in a supporting role

Sheffield United's Andy Butler talks to The Star's James Shield at Bramall Lane yesterday � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United's Andy Butler talks to The Star's James Shield at Bramall Lane yesterday � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Andy Butler last night admitted he has been offered no guarantees about first team football at Sheffield United after officially completing his transfer to Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.

Instead the former Walsall defender, who captained Dean Smith’s side last term, plans to battle it out with fellow centre-halves Neill Collins and Harry Maguire for a starting role.

“The manager (Nigel Clough) has said all of us will be getting a clean slate,” Butler told The Star. “So it’s up to us to show what we are capable of during the pre-season matches and try to force ourselves in that way.

“But, from my perspective, I’ve not come here to enjoy being sat on the bench. That’s not what I’m about and I wouldn’t expect any of my team mates to be like that either.”

Maguire’s future with United remains in doubt after Wolverhampton Wanderers, as this newspaper revealed last month, placed the 21-year-old on their list of summer targets. Should Maguire depart, then Butler will almost certainly partner Collins at the heart of a rearguard which kept 19 clean sheets following Clough’s appointment in October.

United’s under-18’s will travel to Holland next month as part of their preparations for the forthcoming campaign. The youngsters, who are set to be based at NAC Breda before establishing a training camp near Enschede, leave for the continent on July 28.

They also host Chesterfield (July 12) before visiting Stocksbridge PS (18), Hallam (18) and Belper Town (25).

*Twitter: @JamesShield1