Nigel Adkins, the Sheffield United manager, has outlined the factors behind his decision to let Michael Higdon join Oldham Athletic on loan.
Higdon, who is ineligible for selection when United visit Boundary Park this weekend, made four appearances following Adkins’ appointment during the close season but signed a temporary agreement with David Dunn’s side after failing to command a regular starting role.
Indicating that he needed to balance United’s Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) obligations with his desire to make alterations to the first-team squad, Adkins said: “Take Michael as an example, he’s gone there and done well. He was working hard and getting himself into good shape.
“But ultimately he needed to play games. It takes someone off the wage bill and that might be able to help us in other areas.”
Fulham defender Dan Burn and Leicester City midfielder Dean Hammond feature among Adkins’ leading loan targets, although, unless there is a change of circumstance at their parent clubs, their arrivals could be postponed until January.
“Players need to be robust enough to be playing at least 40 games a season,” Adkins said. “We’ve got a lot of players and, if you have that, then you have a big budget.
We need to keep the spirit of our players up but we are also looking at others who we believe can help us.”