Mac the lad targets automatic promotion for Sheffield United

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DAVID McAllister has set his sights on an immediate return to the Championship after declaring Sheffield United’s visit to Malta as a roaring success.

The midfielder, who scored the winning goal during Wednesday’s triumph over Hibernians, features among a band of young players hoping to make a big impression at Bramall Lane next season as the South Yorkshire club look to bounce back from relegation last term.

McAllister said: “The aim has got to be automatic promotion. That’s what we’ll be striving for. We know it’s going to be a tough league but we’ll be ready for that.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done but we’re definitely moving in the right direction.

“We’ve got a new manager with new ideas and I think everyone is enjoying that.

“There’s a good feeling in the camp and, personally speaking, I can’t wait to get started.”

United manager Danny Wilson, who returned to England before Monday’s win at Sliema Wanderers, has made no secret of the fact that he wants to re-enter the transfer market ahead of next month’s League One curtainraiser at Oldham Athletic.

Despite the heat, his squad trained twice a day before flying home last night.

“We’ve been working really hard but that’s got to be a good thing,” added McAllister. “We’re in good shape.

“We’ve picked up one or two little niggles but that’s only to be expected given the volume of work that we’ve been doing.

“On top of that, the two games we’ve played have been pretty competitive affairs.”