CONNOR Brown is looking forward to facing Sheffield United next season despite admitting he did not want to leave Bramall Lane.
Brown, aged 20, signed a one year contract with League One rivals Oldham Athletic this month after failing to make the breakthrough during a six-year spell with the South Yorkshire club.
He said: “I was disappointed to be released. It was special playing for them as they were the team I supported as a boy growing up in Sheffield.
“I didn’t want to leave as it had been my dream to play for them in the first team.”
The full-back, whose deal contains an option for a further season, added: “I’ve reached the age where I need to be playing first-team football though and that’s something I am looking forward to achieving here.
“Everyone has made me feel really welcome here at Oldham so, in the end, it was an easy decision.”
Meanwhile, United have yet to receive offers for any of their young stars.
Defenders Matthew Lowton and Harry Maguire are among those known to boast admirers at both Premier League and Championship level following successful campaigns at Bramall Lane.
Despite acknowledging players could be tempted to depart should they receive lucrative offers from rivals clubs, United hope both will remain with Danny Wilson’s side in League One next season.
Preparations for the forthcoming season begin in earnest when United, who face Ilkeston Town in a friendly on July 18, travel to Malta for a week-long training camp on July 20.
Meanwhile, United have placed season tickets for the 2012/13 season on general sale.