Sheffield United: Porter comfortable with favourites tag

Chris Porter is confident about Sheffield United's prospects next season � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Chris Porter is confident about Sheffield United's prospects next season � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Chris Porter has warned Sheffield United’s rivals that Nigel Clough’s side will fear nobody in the race for the Championship next term, writes James Shield.

Last season’s FA Cup semi-finalists, who begin their latest push for promotion against Bristol City on August 9, have been installed as early favourites to win the League One title after enjoying a remarkable upturn in fortunes following Clough’s appointment nine months ago.

The former England international, who has won 54 per cent of his matches since arriving at Bramall Lane, expects to unveil Blackpool’s Harrison McGahey as United’s latest new signing later this week.

And Porter told The Star that Clough’s presence means they will not be overawed by challenge of plotting a course through arguably England’s most fiercely contested division.

“There’s a lot of expectation here but that’s good,” Porter said. “There’s never going to be a bigger club in League One than Sheffield United.

“We don’t want to be here any longer though and, if we do get to the Championship, we’ll be one of the biggest there as well. It goes with the territory at a club like this and you have to accept that’s the way it’s going to be.”

“It’s a good pressure to have,” Porter, who recently agreed a new 12 month contract, added. “It’s much better to be at a club where you are expected to achieve something than one where you’re not.

“It shows that people are aware of your capabilities. Our aim is to make sure we make the most of them.

“Everyone has seen what a difference the manager made after coming in. We want to carry those results on.

“This is a big season for me personally because I want to stay here after that deal.”

Meanwhile, United’s under-21’s will travel to Sheffield FC for a friendly on July 16. (Kick-off 7.30pm).

*Twitter: @JamesShield1