Wilson relies on lure of the Lane

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DANNY Wilson is confident that Sheffield United remain a draw in the transfer market despite their League One status.

Wilson, the United manager, admitted earlier this week that he is exploring a number of potential leads as coaching staff look to increase the attacking options at their disposal.

With Premier League clubs inevitably preferring to place players at Championship level, fears have been expressed in some quarters that United’s room for manoeuvre in terms of recruitment could be restricted.

But Wilson said: “Obviously if someone is going out from the top flight for a spell then their parent clubs would rather they played there though it might not be such an issue for those in the Championship.

“The thing we’ve got going for us is that players would be coming to a club where they’ll be playing in front of crowds far bigger than the majority of those a division above and also that they’ll be coming to a ‘name’ that is expected to do something.

“Those two things alone mean it would be a worthwhile experience for everyone involved.”

Wilson’s argument is strengthened by the fact that Rangers were willing to let John Fleck and Kyle Hutton join United on loan during the summer transfer window before Football League chiefs vetoed the deal.

However, Wilson remains acutely aware that the loan system remains a sensitive issue at Bramall Lane after the explosion of temporary contracts last season was highlighted as a major factor behind United’s eventual relegation.

“We’ll use it properly,” he said. “We know what’s been mentioned in the past but, used in the right way, it (the loan system) can be a help.”

With the FL preparing to implement new guidelines dictating how much money its members can spend on playing staff, United must strike a balance between sporting and financial concerns.

Wilson, speaking before last night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Rotherham United, said: “There are a lot of people looking for the same type of player at the moment but that doesn’t mean to say, just because the window is closed, that good players aren’t out there at the moment.

“It’s all about identifying what is possible and then choosing the one you think brings qualities with him that are going to be of benefit to you.”

United, who slipped to sixth in the table following Saturday’s defeat by Charlton, return to League One action when Sheffield Wednesday visit Bramall Lane on October 16.