Ryan Flynn, the Sheffield United midfielder, is ready to bide his time before winning a place in David Weir’s starting 11.
But if his suspicions prove correct, and others are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring there is a creative element to the South Yorkshire club’s
play, the former Falkirk winger has vowed not to be a dissenting voice in the dressing room.
“It’s a long season and that means opportunities are always going to arise,” Flynn said. “What you’ve got to do is be ready to take them when they
come your way.
“And that means preparing for every single match, throughout the week, as if you are going to be involved. Together with contributing in other
ways behind the scenes.
“Everybody wants to be involved and I’m not going to deny that I’m any different.
“But some of the other lads have been involved a little bit more than I have lately and I suppose that’s going to count for something.”
Flynn, was referring to the fact that injury interrupted his own personal
preparations for the new campaign.
Forced to withdraw from United’s recent training camp in Scotland, he returned to action when they visited Mansfield Town recently.
Born in Edinburgh but having completed his footballing education on the banks of the River Carron, it is no surprise to hear Flynn endorse his
compatriot’s presence at Bramall Lane.
Weir, previously of Heart of Midlothian, Everton and Glasgow Rangers, is revered by supporters of various affiliations north of the border after
representing the Tartan Army nearly 70 times.
“Don’t forget he started out at Falkirk too, just like me,” Flynn continued. “In fact, I played against him once when I was still there.
“It was a long time ago now but it’s funny how things work out. He didn’t mark me or anything like that which was probably just as well because he
“I probably watched him play for Scotland quite a few times too.
“It’s really good because he’s settled in with the rest of us really quickly. It’s not taken any time at all.
“He’s the type of person who instantly commands respect because of what he’s done in the game. You’d have to be a bit daft not to listen.
“Going away to Scotland for a week probably really helped that whole process. I wasn’t on the trip unfortunately but all the lads who were came
back and said how good it was.
“We’ve got quite a few new faces in here now and so getting thrown together like that really does help.”
Flynn, who boasts three under-19 caps for his country, revealed Weir had already made an impression on time-served members of United’s squad
after training with them following his departure from Ibrox 19 months ago.
The 43-year-old later accepted David Moyes’ invitation to join the backroom staff at Goodison Park before electing to strike out on his own.
“I can remember watching Davie working with us then and thinking ‘blimey, he’s in his forties but still right at the top of his game,’” Flynn, aged 24,
said. “I thought that if I followed his example and looked after myself I might have another 17 years or so left in football if I follow his lead.”
Together with assistants Adam Owen and Lee Carsley, Weir is applying the methods which enabled him to achieve such longevity at Shirecliffe.
“I’ve probably learned more about sports science in the last few weeks than throughout any other time in my career,” Flynn said. “Everything we do
is very scientific and there’s a lot ofattention to detail as well.
“All of them have worked at the very highest level and I suppose what’s happening is they are bringing the things they’re used to here which can
only be a good thing for us.
“I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way to any of the other managers who have been here, because that’s not how it’s meant and there’s no way I
would be, but fresh ideas is probably what everyone needs to give them a lift and I include the supporters in that, too.”