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Basham targets promotion

12 June 2014

Chris Basham is looking to make an instant return to the Championship.

The 25-year-old admits he would have liked to have remained in the second tier of English football upon leaving Blackpool, but conceded his head was turned after meeting Nigel Clough and looking behind the scenes at S2.

Basham will also be reunited with a few old team-mates when the players return for pre-season training next month and he is confident he can handle the pressure and expectation of being a Blade.

He remarked: "Dropping a level is not a problem for me, there was Championship interest and I want to pay as high as possible, but once I'd had a look around Bramall Lane I knew this was the place for me.

"It's going to be a challenge but I've not got a medal in my locker and I want one, this is a great opportunity. I've spoken with Bob Harris, Mark Howard and a few lads who have played here previously and they helped me make the decision.

"The lads are close and hungry, we are keen to get started again. I want to be amongst the lads and get involved.

"Togetherness is part of football and I want to be part of it. I'm expecting pressure, it is a big club, the fans and staff will see that I love the pressure and I want to be part of it all."

Known for versatility, Basham appreciates he may have to be utilised in different positions at times, but he is eager to show Clough and his staff that he is a worthy starter in his preferred position.

He concluded: "I've played in plenty of positions, central midfield my favourite option but if the Gaffer wants to play me elsewhere and it's for the benefit of the team then I'll do what's needed."

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