Sheffield United: Morgan hopes for Blades swansong

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Chris Morgan is plotting an emotional return to action during tomorrow’s game against Newcastle.

The former Sheffield United defender, now a member of Nigel Adkins’ coaching staff, retired through injury three years ago.

But Morgan told The Star he plans to play some part in a match which also serves as his testimonial.

“Even if I can last two or three minutes, hopefully I can get out there,” Morgan said. “I just want to be on at the end to say thanks to everyone who turns up.

“I will definitely be trying to make a little cameo appearance.

“It’s a different type of testimonial. When we got Newcastle, they were keen to have it as a proper friendly.

“The same goes for us here, with the old gaffer and also the new one coming in. It’s not a case of old players coming back. We’ll be taking it seriously, the same as them.”

United, who appointed Nigel Adkins as their new manager after parting company with Nigel Clough last month, continued their preparations for the forthcoming season with a 2-1 victory at Exeter City on Thursday. The match took place against a flurry of activity in the transfer market as Bramall Lane’s hierarchy received permission to hold talks with Leeds’ Billy Sharp and England under-18 international Louis Reed agreed a new three year contract.

Morgan made nearly 300 appearances for United and was a member of the squad which gained promotion to the Premier League in 2006.

“It will be a special day for me, definitely,” he said. “It’s something we’ve spoken about for the last couple of summers, getting the wheels in motion.

“But it was only really at the back end of last season that I started to put things into place. We’d had a busy season and so I didn’t want to be pestering anybody.”