Sheffield United: Darryl hopes for a new lease of life at the Lane

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Darryl Westlake believes David Weir’s appointment as Sheffield United manager can reinvigorate his own career at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.

The defender made only 17 appearances in all competitions last term after joining the club from League One rivals Walsall.

But having started Weir’s first match at the helm against Notts County on Friday, Westlake told The Star: “It was great to be involved and my aim now is to try and stay in the team.

“I’m not going to deny I didn’t play as much as I would have liked last time around although I always gave my best whenever I did. The way the new manager wants us to go about our work - full-backs bombing-on and putting in crosses - suits my game.

“I love doing that but my focus is still stopping goals. I’m happy to get my hands dirty.”

Westlake, who repaid Weir’s faith by creating the first of United’s two goals against County, could be joined in the squad which entertains Burton Albion tonight by Tony McMahon (ankle) after the former Middlesbrough full-back returned to training ahead of the Capital One Cup first round tie. Michael Doyle could also be available for selection despite hobbling-off towards the end of last week’s meeting with Chris Kiwomya’s side.

The visitors, who beat United at the same stage of the competition 12 months ago, yesterday signed Adam McGurk following his departure from Tranmere Rovers.

Westlake said: “We definitely don’t want the same thing to happen again. We know from experience it will be a tough game.”