‘Weir has brought new life to Blades’

Chris Porter in action against Cowdenbeath
Chris Porter in action against Cowdenbeath
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Chris Porter has insisted David Weir’s appointment as manager will breathe new life into Sheffield United’s attack.

Problems in front of goal were the major factor behind the League One club’s failure to gain promotion last season, despite possessing arguably the division’s most fearsome rearguard.

But Porter, speaking after scoring for the second time during United’s whistle-stop tour of Scotland, revealed he feels rejuvenated by the former Everton and Rangers defender’s

presence.

“You can see already that David wants to do things differently,” he told The Star. “He’s made scoring goals a priority and that’s going to be important.

“We’ve made some signings already but the key thing is that the manager has also really freshened up everyone in the squad. There were lads at the end of last season who didn’t think

they had a future here but now they’ve got a real spring in their step.

“Sometimes, just by doing a few little tweaks and introducing new ideas, you can make a massive difference to what you’ve already got. He’s already spoken about the need to get the

balance right between defence and attack and done work on it during training.

“For instance, he wants the full-backs to get forward a lot more when they can to try and help us out by creating chances.

“We had a great back four last season but there were times when we probably focused on not giving anything away a little bit too much.”

Porter was on target during the first-half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Cowdenbeath having earlier netted against Greenock Morton in midweek.

“I didn’t play a lot last season,” he added. “Whether that was down to me or other things, that’s what happened and so this is a really good chance for me.

“Scoring during these games really helps your confidence. In my position, you don’t want to be going into the season having been missing shots, dragging them wide, all summer.

“So yes, goals now can have a really big effect.”

Recent acquisitions Febian Brandy, Sean McGinty and Stephen McGinn all appeared at Central Park but captain Michael Doyle is a doubt for Wednesday’s match at Raith Rovers after

being substituted less than an hour into the meeting with Colin Cameron’s side.

However Weir, who took charge last month, dismissed concerns that the former Republic of Ireland international had suffered a serious injury before confirming that Tony McMahon

and Ryan Flynn have remained in South Yorkshire to undergo treatment on existing complaints.

“Michael just felt his thigh tighten a little bit so we thought it was best for him to come off,” Weir said. “There was no point in taking a risk.

“We’ll take a look at him but everything should be okay.

“Tony, as everyone knows, got an Achilles problem towards the end of last season and so he’s doing work on that while Ryan pulled-up a bit on the first day back in training.

“He’s been carrying something on his hip for a while and so it’s best he gets that sorted-out I think.”