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Duo sing United's praises

6 May 2014

Cult heroes Conor Coady and John Brayford have signed off with glowing endorsements for everything Sheffield United.

The loanees both contributed to Saturday's last day win over Coventry City and were then part of the lap of thanks at the final whistle before joining the rest of the squad at the Player of the Year dinner.

Coady, 21, made his 50th Blades appearance at the weekend and commented: "I couldn't have asked to join a better Club or be welcomed into a better dressing room, the lads have been first-class with me and I will head back to Liverpool a much better player and person than when I arrived.

"The Gaffer and the backroom team have been marvellous with me and I owe them so much. They have worked hard with me from day one, telling me what I was doing well, but more importantly where I needed to improve and gradually my performances have improved.

"I couldn't have asked for more from them and the people around the Club have been a tremendous help too. It would have been fantastic to sign off by playing in the FA Cup final at Wembley, but to have played in a semi-final at the national stadium is a day I, and the rest of the lads, will never forget."

Brayford, meanwhile, returns to Cardiff after 20 appearances and he quickly became a fans' favourite after joining in January.

"It has been a rollercoaster of a loan spell and I owe everything to the Gaffer, the coaching staff and the fantastic group of lads inside the dressing room - without them the success wouldn't have been possible," said bearded Brayford.

"We have gone from a relegation dogfight to a respectable league placing within weeks, ten wins on the spin is remarkable at any level, not to mention our cup exploits.

"I know my beard gets a lot of attention but I would hope the fans will remember me for my performances, not just my facial hair!

"There is a great bunch of lads here and the Gaffer has worked very hard to get the team spirit and character in place, but I honestly don't know where I will be playing my football next season.

"I am just delighted to have been a part of things here over the last few months and the future at Sheffield United is definitely a bright one and I want to wish everyone the very best for next season."

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