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Chance to impress

12 June 2015

Nigel Adkins says every player on United's books will be given a chance to impress the new regime in the early weeks of pre-season.

Speaking at an informal gathering with the local media at Bramall Lane, the 50-year-old, who was unveiled as Nigel Clough's successor earlier this month, admitted it has been a frantic but productive first week or so in the Blades hot seat.

Adkins remarked: "I am very excited and have been since the day I agreed to become manager of this fantastic Football Club. We have been busy in the last week or so, doing a lot of fact finding and meeting as many people as possible, which is crucial when you are moving to a new Club and settling into a new city.

"The players are coming back slightly earlier than originally planned at the end of the month, then we will assess them before heading away for a few days. It is important everyone starts with a clean piece of paper and from day one we will be interacting with them.

"We have a good idea of certain things, having looked at games from last season and analysed the stats. We are formulating ideas, but we want to see exactly what we have got and explore our options."

The new boss says United won't rush into the transfer market, but expects to be in a position to bring in the necessary additions in due course ahead of the Sky Bet League One campaign beginning on 8th August.

Adkins added: "The summer months are always busy but at this stage in June, the agents are trying to get the best deal for their clients, whilst Club's are planting seeds and assessing the market, which is constantly changing.

"We have spoken a lot with agents since arriving, we know what is out there and we have got our fingers on the pulse, so to speak.

"We are mindful of timings, but once we know what we need having examined the current squad, then we will look to bring in the right players to improve the playing staff further."

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