Blades: Sheffield United boss Wilson makes hard work of selection

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SHEFFIELD United’s players must show “enthusiasm” and “commitment” throughout pre-season to force their way into the starting line-up, manager Danny Wilson has warned.

Wilson, who unveiled striker Danny Philliskirk as the club’s second summer signing yesterday, knows the qualities required for a team to succeed in League One, having taken Swindon Town to the play-off final in 2010.

While Wilson and his backroom staff have stressed they will focus on ball work in a bid to shed the club’s route-one image, he insists hard toil and graft in training remains high on the agenda over the summer as United gear up for their opening League One clash at Oldham on August 6.

He told The Star: “The players have to make sure that they are at the top of their game in pre-season and show the enthusiasm and commitment required to get to where we want to be at the end of the season. If I see that in their attitude and training in pre-season, then it will augur well for the future.”

Of signing Philliskirk, he added: “I played with his father and if he is half the player Tony was then we have got a talent on our hands. Danny will start with a clean slate like the rest of the squad and he is another player I am looking forward to working with.”

Defenders Kingsley James and Phil Roe have agreed one-year and six-month deals respectively at Port Vale, managed by ex-Blades boss Micky Adams.

Meanwhile, United’s open day will take place on Sunday, July 31, from 10am until 2pm.

Activities for the event, which is free, include a fun fair and stalls while Wilson and the club’s new signings will be on hand to sign autographs. Dave McCarthy, United’s managing director, said: “Our open day has proved tremendously popular throughout the years and hopefully this event will be no different.” Blades: P42