DAVID McAllister has returned to Sheffield United a “much better player” despite seeing his loan spell at Shrewsbury Town end in controversy, Danny Wilson insisted last night.
McAllister made 15 appearances for the League Two outfit before a red card against Aldershot last month wrecked the midfielder’s hopes of continuing his development at Greenhous Meadow.
Shrewsbury were furious when the Football Association elected to throw out their attempt to overturn the sending-off.
Expressing solidarity with his opposite number, Graham Turner, Wilson said: “I’ve watched David in training with us since he came back here and he’s definitely improved.
“He got regular football with a very good side and that’s benefited his education.
“It’s the little things in his game that have come on. That’s what you really notice.
“You can’t beat playing actual matches - with seasoned professionals whose livings are at stake - for gaining experience.”
Wilson added: “Shrewsbury are going for promotion and so there will have been an expectation and a focus there.
“It’s a very similar situation to the one here, and that’s why we felt it was such a good move for David.
“They’ve got a good set-up and we knew he’d be looked after.”
Turner admitted he was “angered” by the decision to dismiss McAllister for a foul on Adam Mekki and his frustration was compounded when the governing body ordered the 23-year-old to serve a three match ban.
Wilson said: “I’ve seen the video myself and I think it was very harsh. I can understand why Graham and David were both disappointed.
“David is back with us again and you can see he’s really benefited from his time there.”