SHEFFIELD UNITED: Darryl Westlake dreams as Mac returns

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DARRYL Westlake is adamant he can fulfil his Premier League ambitions at Bramall Lane after becoming Sheffield United’s latest close season signing.

Manager Danny Wilson captured the former Walsall full-back after watching fellow youngster Matthew Lowton complete a high-profile move to Aston Villa earlier this month.

Although United will start next term in the third tier of English football, Westlake, speaking from the club’s Maltese training camp where 23-year-old midfielder Kevin McDonald joined up with the squad in time for last night’s 6-0 win over Zetjun Corinthians, told The Star: “By the time I’m 24 I want to be in the top-flight.

“Coming here is a massive step forward in my career. It doesn’t bother me if people think I’ve got to follow in Matthew’s footsteps.

“Quite the opposite in fact, One of the great things about joining a club like Sheffield United is the expectation levels. Matthew has got to the Premiership and I want to get there too.

“Hopefully next season we can get back into the Championship and then take things from there.”

Westlake, aged 21, arrived as a free agent after refusing to pen a new contract at The Banks’s Stadium.

However, Walsall were entitled to compensation because they offered him a fresh deal.

“When I knew United were interested in me I didn’t have to think twice,” he added. “And I’m not just saying that.

“My mind was made up and it was made up for good reasons. I played against United last season and they were really unlucky not to get promoted.

“I wanted to come to a team that’s really capable of challenging and, one of the biggest things for me, is the style of play here.”

Wilson’s squad, which is likely to again include traillist Mike Mumpaye, face Maltese Premier League runners-up Hibernians tomorrow.