Nigel Clough has thrown Chris Porter a Sheffield United lifeline as the centre-forward prepares for his return to Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
But Clough, who signed Porter during his spell in charge of Derby County, warned the 29-year-old not to expect any favours in the battle for a starting role.
Confirming Porter, who has spent the past month on loan at Chesterfield, is expected to rejoin United next week, Clough said: “Chris will be in the same position as everyone else here. He’ll have to earn his place.”
Clough, appointed as United manager nine days ago, was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One encounter at Shrewsbury Town which could see the visitors extend their unbeaten run to four games. Six seasons ago, he made Porter his first major acquisition after moving to Pride Park.
“That was four years ago now,” Clough added. “We told everyone they would get a clean slate when we came here and exactly the same will go for Chris.
“We’ve tried not to change things around much because I think you want to be as settled as possible. But if people work hard they’ll be given a chance.”