Harrison McGahey is determined to become a permanent fixture in Sheffield United’s starting eleven after warning he has no intention of playing second fiddle to Bramall Lane’s established stars.
And the former Blackpool defender, who was unveiled as Nigel Clough’s ninth summer signing last week, predicted he could become the perfect foil for Harry Maguire if the England under-21 international remains with United next term.
“I want to be playing week in, week out,” McGahey said. “That’s my aim and hopefully I’ll achieve it.
“This club is known for giving young players a chance.
“You’ve seen that with Harry and he’s become a brilliant player. Harry is a really good lad too and I’m definitely hoping he stays around.
“Who knows? We could be a really good partnership.
“But the most important thing is the team. You might be in one week and out the next if that’s what the manager thinks is best and I want to do my best for Sheffield United.”
Maguire is scheduled to feature against Northampton Town tonight despite attracting bids from Hull City worth £1m and £1.5m. United, who began their pre-season schedule at Burton Albion on Saturday, have rejected both out of hand with Clough describing the centre-half’s attitude as “spot on.”
McGahey, aged 18, is also competing with seasoned campaigners Neill Collins and Andy Butler for a place in Clough’s first choice line-up.
“They’ll want to be in and they’d expect me to have the same attitude,” McGahey continued. “They’re top class professionals who I really respect and I’m going to try and learn as much from them as I can.
“All of the lads here have been brilliant with me ever since I came in and that’s meant a lot. It says a lot about them.”
McGahey, whose fee is set to be decided by a transfer tribunal later this year, made his first appearance in United colours alongside Maguire at the Pirelli Stadium.
“It wasn’t a tough decision to come here when I found out about United’s interest,” McGahey added. “That was because I realised what could happen this season.”