Bolton pals urged Blades new boy to Wander

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MICHAEL O’Halloran has revealed how Bolton Wanderers’ senior stars urged him to join Sheffield United on loan.

O’Halloran, who is scheduled to spend the rest of the season at Bramall Lane, admitted he “jumped at the chance” to work with Danny Wilson’s squad as they push for promotion from League One.

“Everyone I spoke to at Bolton said it would be really good for me to come here,” O’Halloran told The Star last night. “I’ve come to a really good club and I’m really excited about trying to help United go up.

“All of the players I know at Bolton reckoned coming to United was a brilliant opportunity. Not that I was ever going to say ‘no’ anyway.”

O’Halloran has made two appearances for Wanderers this term.

A Scotland under-21 international, he was described by Owen Coyle, Wilson’s counterpart at the Reebok Stadium, as “supremely talented” after putting pen to paper on a new long-term contract with the Premier League club.

Having watched Wanderers exploit the temporary transfer market to good effect in recent months - Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere of Arsenal both profiting from spells under Coyle’s tutelage - O’Halloran believes joining United can also benefit his fledgling career.

The Glasgow-born forward could make his first appearance for the Championship hopefuls against Chesterfield on Wednesday evening.

“I can play through the middle but I don’t mind playing out wide at all either,” O’Halloran added. “I’ve always been quick - even when I was at school - so I like to try and get behind defenders.

“My aims are to come here, show that I’m a good player, learn, gain experience and get Sheffield United up.”

Meanwhile, United midfielder Matthew Harriott has returned to Shirecliffe from Burton Albion. Harriott will not feature for Albion again despite the fact his loan at the Pirelli Stadium does not expire until next month.

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