SHEFFIELD UNITED: Monty can be assured he’ll get a fond farewell

Fond farewell: Nick Montgomery is set to take a final bow at Bramall Lane at Saturday's game.
Fond farewell: Nick Montgomery is set to take a final bow at Bramall Lane at Saturday's game.
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SO where’s Nick Montgomery when you want him?

Well, he’ll be at Bramall Lane on Saturday but, unfortunately for Sheffield United’s depleted midfield resources, only to say a fond farewell and not helping fill a midfield hole for which he’d be perfectly suited.

The guy everyone knows as ‘Monty’ is on his way next week to ply his footballing trade in Australia and his parting shot will be via an emotional visit to Saturday’s game with Bury.

Even those critics of the battling midfielder - and there were a few of those during his Blades career spreading across an impressive 402 appearances - would wish he was out there for one last time. Or three times as that’s the number of games Michael Doyle will be sitting out along with Ryan Flynn after their red cards last Saturday.

But his next action will be on the other side of the world in New South Wales for Central Coast Mariners, one of the clubs across the world with which United have links, and a whole new start as he approaches his 32nd birthday next month.

As a splendid servant to the Blades cause, Montgomery can be assured of thunderous acclaim from the United fans for wholehearted services rendered when he is introduced tomorrow.

They always acknowledged a 100 per center who gave his all for the team’s cause; a team man through and through across a first team career which began back in 2000 at the age of 18.

“I had a fantastic relationship with the majority of the fans, won fans’ awards and had some fantastic times here that have left wonderful memories,” he said, not the least being promotion to the Premier League and playing in the top flight.

“It will be an opportunity on Saturday to say goodbye to the fans,” he added.

Meanwhile, one of Montgomery’s former colleagues in the Blades midfield, Michael Tonge is being linked with a possible loan move to Leeds United and joining up again with Neil Warnock.

He is available for a loan move after he was one of the players left out by Stoke City when they named their 25-strong Premier League squad.

Tonge, 29, started and blossomed at Bramall Lane over a seven year period before a making near £2million move to Stoke four years ago.