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Mini Preview: Sheffield United

12 July 2013

Shakers step up their pre-season preparations

A mixed side of trialists and contracted players will take on Sheffield United at Gigg Lane on Saturday with Kevin Blackwell again taking a good look at several trialists in match conditions.


Around 38 to 40 trialists have come through the Gigg Lane building site in the last two weeks, some are still around whilst many have left having been unsuccessful in earning a contract for the new season.

The manager believes he is four to five players short on getting what he wants to start the season.  A full squad is not the target for the first game of the season, a starting eleven plus a full bench is the immediate aim for a rejuvenated Kevin Blackwell.

The clubs only recognised right back is out, possibly for the season.  A right back is on the gaffer’s wish list.  Ronnie Jepson speaking to Shakers Player on Thursday mentioned a need for another centre half yet to arrive – whilst rumours go into over drive, there is no sign of one arriving yet – though that could change very quickly.

Earlier this week – Andy Bishop left for pastures new – leaving a large hole in the striking department – another target.

There’s plenty of time left, there’s no panic – patience is being shown by manager & chairman.  The management team have irons in fires regarding loan players coming in.  Though Kevin Blackwell does want loan players involved now – clubs want to keep their players as long as possible – it’s a catch 22 situation – but it will happen, the sooner the better.

Looking at trialist players in a match situation gives the manager a better idea on what he already knows.  He could offer them deals on what he has seen in training, but then get something completely different in a match situation.  Kevin Blackwell will not be rushed into signing new players until he is 100% that they are right for his football club.

It’s all yellow for Bury at Gigg Lane on Saturday as last years away kit gets another run out.

Coverage:  The game will be live on Shakers Player with full match commentary going live from around five minutes before kick-off. Maurice Dickson and Keith Maddock will be your commentary team for the game.  Video interviews from the gaffer and key players from the game will be live late on Saturday evening, whilst twitter will be constantly updated throughout the game.  Martin Ogden’s Match Action images will be live on our official Facebook page also late on Saturday evening.

Admission:  Adults £10 – All Concessions £5.  Sheff United fans have the South Stand whilst Bury fans have the Main Stand and Cemetery End.  ‘The Revolution’ – 48 page pre-season two games in one programme is available in and around the ground for £2.00

Before the game:  The club will be holding a minutes silence before the game, a chance to pay our respects to Drummer Lee Rigby following his funeral in Bury on Friday.



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