FOR some, it was an opportunity to watch Sky Sports TV presenter Jim White’s pulse rate reach treble figures.
Others, including Harry Maguire, spent transfer deadline day trying to separate fact from fiction and the downright daft.
“My brother came rushing in and told me there was all this stuff on the internet about me having a medical down in Cardiff,” the Sheffield United defender said. “It was a bit weird really because I was actually sat on the sofa at home.
“Seriously, I tend to ignore all of that stuff. It’s really got nothing to do with me.”
It is exactly that type of no-nonsense, down-to-earth approach which has not only seen Maguire cement his place in Danny Wilson’s starting 11 but also attract a wealth of admirers at Bramall Lane and beyond.
The 19-year-old, whose partnership with Neill Collins helped United reach last season’s League One play-off final, has been a permanent fixture at the heart of the club’s rearguard throughout their first five fixtures of the 2012/13 campaign.
Wilson’s side travel to Scunthorpe today fifth in the table having taken eight points from their opening four outings in the competition. Alan Knill’s men are 24th but Maguire said: It’s been a solid start but it could have been better. We weren’t clinical enough at Coventry and Colchester. Teams know about us now but we’ve got enough quality to cope.”
United followed those draws at the Ricoh Arena and Weston Homes Community Stadium by beating AFC Bournemouth last weekend.
Maguire added: “It was hard (losing the play-off final) but we’ve brushed it over our shoulders now.”
* Harry’s Maguire’s brother, Joe, plays for Ilkeston FC. Danny Wilson’s son, Laurie, is also on the books at the New Manor Ground where former Chelsea winger Kevin Wilson is manager.