Sheffield United: How Rangers experience equipped Wes Foderingham for pressures of "big club" Blades

As a man who arrived at Sheffield United after leaving the mighty Glasgow Rangers, the pressures of a Championship promotion race will not have weighed too heavily on the shoulders of goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.
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The former Swindon man was a key member of the squad that almost reached the play-off final at Wembley last season, falling just short in the semi-finals after a penalty shootout defeat to Nottingham Forest.

All eyes will be on United when the new campaign kicks off later this summer, to see if they can go one better – with a sense of expectation that will feel like second nature to Foderingham, who played over 110 times for one of the biggest clubs in European football over a five-year spell.

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“I enjoy it, the environment of playing at Bramall Lane,” Foderingham told The Star. “I came here from a big club which I enjoyed playing at, and this is another big club where your standards and performances have to be high.

“A lot of the time when you're under a lot of pressure, that can alter performances sometimes. But you get players that thrive on it and players that can go under.

“I'd like to think of myself as one of those players who enjoy playing under pressure. You understand it's part of football and the game. And the best players are comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”

Wes Foderingham of Sheffield United: Andrew Yates / SportimageWes Foderingham of Sheffield United: Andrew Yates / Sportimage
Wes Foderingham of Sheffield United: Andrew Yates / Sportimage

“The fans, when they're on your side, give you a big, big lift and make it difficult for the opposition as well,” Foderingham added.

“So it's brilliant to have them on our side.”