Video: John Fleck settled at Sheffield United and ready to fight for promotion

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New Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck says boss Chris Wilder's transfer dealings have set the Blades up well for the challenge of finally gaining promotion from League One.

Fleck, having come from Coventry City, another big club arguably languishing too far down the footballing pyramid, recognises that fans have endured many false dawns since being relegated to this division in 2011.

However, he has been impressed by what he has seen so far.

"(Look at) the history of both clubs (Coventry City and Sheffield United) but especially this one," said Fleck. "The amount of fans that come to the games; it's ridiculous really for the division they've been in. But I think probably they've been in the division far too long. I think it's maybe been five or six years now and hopefully this can be the season we can get out of it, but every season is the same, you try and get out every season.

"It's going to be tough, I know that, but the manager is bringing in the right players."

It's not just Wilder's work in the transfer market that has Fleck has praised.

Sheffield United players sign autographs for fans at the open training session held at Bramall Lane on Saturday

Sheffield United players sign autographs for fans at the open training session held at Bramall Lane on Saturday

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"He's been great, the training's good, he'd got us working hard, especially when we were away in the warm weather," said Fleck, speaking at the club's open training session at Bramall Lane. "Everything is just geared up now for the first game of the season."

He added: "The first game of the season is always difficult because you are not too sure what formation they're going to play, what they are going to do at set-pieces. We just need to make sure we are ready ourselves, make sure we are up for the game and go and fight really."

Sheffield United players in front of Blades fans at the open training session at Bramall Lane on Saturday

Sheffield United players in front of Blades fans at the open training session at Bramall Lane on Saturday

On a personal level, the former Rangers man feels he has settled well into the squad at United, among six other newcomers to the Blades' panel.

"In my first week we went away to La Manga which makes things a lot easier to get to know people because you are with each other 24/7," he said. "The boys have welcomed us all and we are just looking forward to the start of the season."

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