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Gaffer delighted to resign duo

9 June 2014

‚ÄčNigel Clough says he is pleased to have finally secured the services of Ben Davies and Chris Porter for the forthcoming Sky Bet League One campaign.

The former Derby County duo both signed one-year deals on Monday and Clough says the Blades had little hesitation in offering new terms to both players, citing reliability and experience as two main factors behind retaining the pair.

Clough commented on what 33-year-old Davies will add to the squad this time around: "We are very pleased to have secured the services of Ben for next season. The impact and contribution he made in the second-half of last season was very good.

"Ben is experienced and a good character, we don't have to worry about him, he will look after himself and just come in and get on with his job.

"The crowd appreciate his qualities last season and we had to fight off competition to make sure Ben decide to prolong his stay here.

"We always wanted to keep him and his versatility will prove invaluable again as it did last season.

"Ben's preferred position is on the left of midfield, but he has the quality to be an asset in any position he plays and he will do a job wherever you ask him to play."

Meanwhile, Clough says Porter will be another valuable squad member in the months ahead: "In our squad of 19 or 20 we need reliable, experienced performers and Chris certainly comes into that category.

"Chris has divided opinion amongst supporters in recent seasons, but he certainly won plenty over in the second half of last season and was instrumental to our FA Cup success.

"Fans can also not argue with his goals return since the turn of the year and we are confident he can replicate that ratio over a full season.

"He will want to start a lot more games than he did towards the end of the season, but he will always get you a goal, either if he starts or comes on from the bench."

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