Sheffield United: Blades happy to receive loan ranger requests

Nigel Clough prefers to keep his players busy � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Nigel Clough prefers to keep his players busy � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, will encourage players on the periphery of his squad to depart Bramall Lane on loan.

Sean McGinty, signed by the 47-year-old’s predecessor David Weir, is being monitored by League Two club Mansfield Town after failing to make a first team appearance since September.

But, explaining that a temporary transfer elsewhere can enhance selection prospects, Clough said: “As far as I’m concerned, it’s much better if someone is actually getting games. It’s better for them and it’s better for the team as a whole because, that way, they are ready and up to speed if they are needed here.

“Going away, in that sense, can actually be a positive thing. There is no substitute for actually being involved so, yes, that’s something we would look to do.”

United, who beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup last weekend, return to League One action against Notts County on Saturday.

Callum Ball, who was handed his professional debut by Clough at Derby County, could feature for the hosts after manager Shaun Derry confirmed he would like to renew the centre-forward’s loan.

Although Ball missed much of the Christmas period after being diagnosed with concussion, Derry said: “We’re hoping we can get him back and he is one person that I’d like to keep as well.”

Joss Labadie, the former West Bromwich Albion and Tranmere Rovers defender, has will not face United after joining Torquay on a month long contract.

Gary Liddle, who was sent-off when County visited United on the opening day of the season, will also miss-out despite being informed he does not require surgery to cure a ligament injury sustaining during a recent fixture against fellow strugglers Bristol City.

“It is great news as far as Gary’s injury is concerned,” said Derry. “I thought it was a nasty tackle here at Meadow Lane a few weeks back.

“But if it was going to happen to any character it would be Gary Liddle because he will do everything to get back sooner rather than later.”

Meanwhile, United are set to receive an extra allocation of tickets for the trip to County.