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RICHIE Barker has warned Sheffield United his Bury team are much improved after drafting in three players on transfer deadline day.

Shane Byrne, Shaun Harrad and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Giles Coke could all make their debuts for the visitors at Bramall Lane this afternoon.

Insisting that Bury would not be daunted by United’s unbeaten record in League One competition, Barker said: “It’s becoming easier to attract good players.

“All I had to say to them was ‘Do you want to play in front of 20,000 people at Sheffield United at the weekend?’

“I think we’ve sent out a message to the rest of the division because the feedback we’ve had so far is that everyone thinks they’re decent signings.

“No disrespect to the lads who have left, but I think the squad is a bit stronger now.”

One of those - Ryan Lowe - joined Wednesday in a £100,000 deal while Damien Mozika headed to Scunthorpe.

Coke is expected to start after agreeing a temporary switch to Gigg Lane with Harrad, a £20,000 acquisition from Northampton Town, and Leicester loanee Byrne named on the bench.

“I have to say massive thanks to both the chairman and the board,” Barker said. “I only asked for those three players and they pulled out all the stops to get all three.”

United are without long-term absentees Chris Morgan, Andy Taylor and Johannes Ertl while Lee Williamson and Nick Montgomery are also likely to miss the game. But Steve Simonsen and Richard Cresswell should both return after sitting out the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Burton.

n United will be hosting a ‘Fantiques Roadshow’ on Thursday September 15. The event, which takes places between 10am and 3pm, is designed for supporters to discover more about their pieces of sporting memorabilia.