SHEFFIELD UNITED: Matt Hill fires warning to Blades’ rivals

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MATT Hill has warned Sheffield United’s League One rivals that Danny Wilson’s side will be an even more formidable proposition next term.

Hill, a member of the team which reached May’s play-off final at Wembley, told The Star that his teammates are now ready to fight fire with fire in English football’s most combative division.

The former United loanee, who earlier this week completed a permanent transfer to Bramall Lane, said: “We’ll be stronger, much stronger, for the experience.

“We know now how teams are going to raise their games when they play against us and especially when they come to our ground. We’ll be going into the new season even better prepared now.”

The Blades, who beat Rotherham United 1-0 in a friendly last night, scored 92 league goals and often overwhelmed opponents en route to their showpiece with Huddersfield Town.

Striker Shaun Miller joined Hill and Tony McMahon at Shirecliffe on Monday.

Although United have made no secret of the fact they must cut costs, Wilson is hopeful of further strengthening his squad before this weekend’s friendly at Morecambe.

The manager has targeted Scotland as a potentially rich source of talent, with scouts known to monitored several would-be acquisitions in recent weeks.

Hill said: “People might say our element of surprise has gone but for me that doesn’t come into it because we’ll back our own ability to come through.”

Last night United were linked to a move for Blackburn Rovers striker Nick Blackman. The 22-year-old has spent the last three years at Ewood Park; Rovers having lured him away from Macclesfield Town, in January 2009.

Wilson confirmed he had “an interest in him, nothing more at the moment.”