Sheffield United: Defender looks forward to pre-season training

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Sheffield United’s Danny Higginbotham admits he has a point to prove next season.

And the experienced defender, who arrived at Bramall Lane after leaving Stoke City in January, believes the appointment of David Weir as manager could give the club an edge in the scramble for Championship football.

“Unfortunately the season didn’t go as well as anticipated for the club and myself,” Higginbotham, reflecting on United’s defeat in the League One play-offs, said. “But I’ve got more to offer and I want to help this club progress.”

United, whose opening game against Notts County has been moved to August 2 after being selected for live broadcast, resume training on Wednesday.

It will mark the first time Weir, previously of Hearts, Everton and Glasgow Rangers, addresses the team he inherited a fortnight ago. As The Star first revealed, Higginbotham was entitled to an extended deal after making a prescribed number of appearances last term.

“David’s playing career speaks for itself,” Higginbotham added.